I’ve been finding myself a bit short on patience lately and getting (even more) easily annoyed. I’ve noticed my peeves keep cropping up as well, as if to tempt me during my time of stress. This got me wondering about the origin of pet peeves. Who was peeve and why didn’t people like his pets? So I consulted Wikipedia, my go-to resource for the people by the people. Here’s what I found…
The phrase was first used around 1919. “The term is a back-formation from the 14th-century word peevish, meaning "ornery or ill-tempered. Pet peeves often involve specific behaviors of someone close, such as a spouse or significant other. These behaviors may involve disrespect, manners, personal hygiene, relationships, and family issues.”
Hehe – the personal hygiene got me. Most of my pet peeves happen to involve complete strangers. Perhaps I feel more secure firing frustrating glances at people I don’t know. Perhaps my husband is just extra clean ;). Here are the top five. Enjoy!
1. Blinkers – use them when you are turning, turn them off when you are not.
2. Speed limit – feel free to use this as a suggested minimum – not a mere suggestion.
3. Early people – I am never one of you – no need to remind me.
4. Whiny adults – Stop it! Do what you’re supposed to do.
5. Toilet paper – No, that last square and the shreds attached to the roll are not enough!
<Sigh> That was cathartic. I can now go about the rest of my day!