Monday, December 6, 2021

My Top 7 Pet Peeves

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Srijonee Basu
I am Srijonee Basu. I hail from Kolkata, West Bengal. I did my schooling from Mahadevi Birla World Academy (formerly known as Mahadevi Birla Girls' Higher Secondary School). Presently, I am pursuing B.A. English (Hons.), from Indraprastha College for Women, University of Delhi. I love music and movies. I am a fairly good singer. I also like to read books and I sometimes write short stories, skits and articles.

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Let’s be honest. No matter how accommodating you are, there are always certain things that annoy the hell out of you, and you never want to be around the person who does them, ever again! I am not a person who sits and endures these ‘annoying things’.

I mean, why should I endure someone constantly talking over me or someone rude to me and everyone else for no reason at all. I tell them how annoying their habits are; it is best to know how people feel about them.  This is probably not a good idea, but I guess a girls’ got to do what girls got to do! I am sure there are some things we all hate in common. So here’s a list of my top 7 pet peeves!

 

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  • Not being punctual.

late[1] Hey! Don’t give me that ‘Oh-like-you’re-never-late’ look. I am rarely late! I am the kind of person who reaches the spot 5 minutes before because I am very impatient. And then I have to wait, and wait, and wait. After 20 minutes of waiting, I am still waiting! Oh, I am sorry but don’t you have a watch? Or does your cell phone lack a clock? Be on time!

  • Ruining my movie experience.

 

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Have you ever sat beside someone in a movie theatre who knows nothing about the movie? And by nothing, I mean ABSOLUTELY NOTHING?! That one annoying person who keeps talking and asking questions to their friend, apparently trying to understand the movie’s plot. Umm, to understand the plot, you need to watch the movie with your mouth shut! This one time, I went for ‘Avengers: The Age Of Ultron’, and a couple was sitting beside me. It was evident that the boyfriend had dragged her to watch this film that she had no interest in, and she kept asking these ridiculous questions to him. At one point, she asked, ‘Who’s this Veronica chick?’ *facepalm*

  • Not knowing when to shut up.

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Talking is good. I love to talk! But there are some times when you need to shut up. Like, when someone is trying to work or sleep or even going through an existential crisis and evaluating their life’s purpose. The worst of all is when someone keeps talking to you even after you put on your headphones. Putting on the headphones is the ultimate ‘Do Not Disturb’ sign. So, when someone puts on their headphones, you are supposed to stop talking. How hard is it to understand?

  • Using wrong grammar.

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Yes, I am one of those grammar nazis who people hate. I know, people who correct other people’s grammar are probably somebody else’s pet peeve, but I can’t help it! Sue me for correcting you, but do you realize how bad ‘What IS you doing?’ sounds? Or how irritating it is to read ‘I am glad YOUR mine’? That is the moment I will start questioning your existence in my life. Good grammar is so attractive! Learn it, and it’s not that difficult.

  • Back-bitching

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If you hate someone enough to talk behind their backs, have the courage to say it to their face. Back-bitching is going to get you nowhere. By doing so, you are not destroying that person’s image but your own. I don’t understand what you get out of it? Nobody is going to turn against another person based on your perspective of them. It’s not only impolite to talk behind people’s back, but it also shows how childish and immature you are. Get a life!

  • Chewing with your mouth open.

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I am sure everyone has this on their pet peeve list. I mean, I understand that you chew your food thoroughly before swallowing, but I don’t need to see it! Keep your mouth shut while eating!

  • Not understanding that opinions differ.

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I respect your point, but I can’t entirely agree with it. I don’t have to. That’s the thing about opinions; they differ. But I respect your opinion and do not go on and on about how I am right and you are wrong. Learn to accept that others may have a different opinion and that it doesn’t make them wrong just because they don’t agree with you or the majority.

I hope you can relate to it! Do let us know about your personal pet peeves in the comment section.

 

Srijonee Basu. Indraprastha College for Women. English Hons.

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