A pet peeve is something — anything — that annoys you. This includes bad habits, loud noises, inconsiderate behaviors from others — you name it! Below are 65 incredibly annoying pet peeves which we're sure you can also relate to.
65 skin-crawling pet peeves
Count how many of the pet peeves below get on your nerves, and let us know in the comments!
- When people misspell your name, especially when it's right there
- Micro-managy bosses...
- ...who are younger or less experienced than you
- Traffic jams — ghktybfjf!
- When someone grabs food from your plate without asking
- Or, when they ask for a bite before you've even had one
- Having to click out of excessive ads on an online article
- Super-duper picky eaters
- When people use a second seat for their bags and belongings
- When people speak or argue out of ignorance — this one deserves an eye roll
- Loud chewing — eek!
- Loud gum smacking, too
- People who chew with their mouth open — yuck
- Running out of toilet paper when you need it the most...
- People who are always late — or waiting on someone who then makes you late
- Walking into a cloud of cigarette smoke
- When people text and drive — this one's self-explanatory
- Laying next to someone who snores
- When people say "literally," "essentially" or "basically" way too often
- Smelly food in confined spaces
- People who listen to loud music in public places
- Interacting with someone who wants to argue
- When someones says something publicly that you specifically told them not to say — eye twitch
- Messing up your nails right after you get them done
- The sound and feel of chalk — gahhh!
- When someone cancels plans you didn't even want to be a part of, after you've already gotten ready for them!
- People who don't wash their hands after they use the bathroom — straight up gross
- Group chats — and the notification that says you've just left, because so much for laying low!
- When people cut you in line
- Wanting to use your phone or laptop and there being no service or WiFi
- When people meander down a busy sidewalk — move it!
- The saying "boys will be boys" because let it go, already!
- When people bite their nails or pick their skin... then touch things
- Pushy salespeople at the mall (not interested in the hair iron, but thank you!)
- When people litter — and the trash can's right there!
- People who interrupt you or others when speaking
- When people talk during a movie — shhh!
- People who swear by their colorblindness (newsflash: if you don't see color, then you don't see people!)
- Being left on read — especially when you can see the receipts!
- Waking up to someone else's alarm... then waking up again because they'd snoozed it the first time — face palm
- Slow drivers and highway racers, alike
- People who excessively take pictures or record every moment
- Shipping charges that are way too close to $10 (or worse, above!)
- When people walk up or down the wrong side of the staircase
- The word "moist" — just cause
- People who don't cover their mouth when they sneeze or cough
- Opening the door for someone who doesn't thank you
- When people say "You should've just come" making you want to reply, "I ShoUlD'vE jUsT bEeN iNvItEd"
- "New year, new me" social media posts
- When people say "like" or "um" so much, you can't hear anything else
- Public displays of affection — get a room!
- Passive aggression (especially at work)
- When people say "No offense, but..." then proceed to offend you
- People who say "liked-ed"
- Or, "looked-ed"
- When people drag their feet as they're walking
- Trying — and failing — to pick up anything with acrylic nails
- Trendy diets (I'm rolling my eyes so hard right now)
- People who start a chat with you when your headphones are clearly on
- People who get in the way of shopping racks or aisles
- "There" when it's "their," or "their" when it's "they're"
- When people use the word "hate" but really mean "dislike"
- Children crying — or worse, screaming — in public places
- When people constantly call you by the wrong name or pronoun
- And mosquitoes. Those bloody mosquitoes.
How to resolve your pet peeves
There are a number of ways to resolve — or at least cope with — your pet peeves. Start by addressing them. If the pet peeve is coming from someone you know, you can let them know that a certain word or behavior gives you the shivers. You can take a formal approach by saying, "[Said behavior] really peeves me. Can you maybe [insert alternative] instead?" Or, you can take a more humorous approach by saying, "Gahhh, [said behavior] really makes me cringe!" (Do a lil' shimmy for added effect.)
If you don't want to address your pet peeve head on, you can remove yourself from a situation that'll expose you to those peeves, or plan ahead. For example, you can get noise canceling headphones to block out the wails of a crying baby, or you can decline an invitation from that one friend who's always late or cancels.
And above all, understand that most of the peeves on this list — and at all — are not to be taken personally. Some people are simply unaware of their annoying behavior and some circumstances are completely out of anyone's control. The power of the peeve doesn't lie in the peever, but in the peeved themselves. So, by changing how you react to what bothers you, you can potentially turn your whole attitude around.
This list was by no means an exhaustive one, so if you have any pet peeves of your own, please share them with us below!
Stephanie Nieves is the SEO & Editorial Associate on the Fairygodboss team. Her words can also be found on Medium, PayScale and The Muse.