We all have them. Those ridiculous little things that really aren't a big deal, except that....they are. These are a few of mine in no particular order:
- Chewing with your mouth open. Honestly, is there anything more revolting than listening to someone masticate and watching the process happen in wet, flopping motions, while the tongue looks as though it's going to just push it all right back out onto the table? And I'm pretty sure it's not just a cultural thing, either. You know how in some cultures it's rude not to belch after a good meal? It's supposed to show appreciation (whatever!)but, to my knowledge, there isn't a single culture that doesn't find this habit repulsive. Bad grammar/spelling, and the use of fictional words (used as though they are real words), incorrect usage of words and ....You know, let's just simplify this and say Bad English. Ok. Spelling isn't as big a deal, as a general rule. As long as I get what's trying to be said, I can usually let it pass without too much annoyance, but with the advent of spellcheck, the really egregious errors are mostly avoidable. Grammar is a different thing. Truly, you should not be able to graduate if you don't know the difference between 'your' and 'you're'! If you can't even spell college, you shouldn't get to go until you can! And for the record:
- 1.Orientated is NOT A WORD. It's oriented. 2. Neither is mis-chiev-I-ous. The correct pronunciation is (phonetically) miss-chiv-us. There is no I. I've corrected several of my ENGLISH teachers on this one. 3. The 'T' in often in silent. Just like it is in soften. Do you use sof-TENNER? I think not. 4. I saw a question recently that nearly made my head explode. It said, and I quote, "Have you ever road the subway?" First of all, road. ROAD?!?! SERIOUSLY?!?!?!?! And secondly, do people not understand tenses anymore?! 5. It is should have, not should of. What sounds like should of is, in fact, a contraction of should have and looks like this: SHOULD'VE. 6. The correct use of the word nauseous almost never happens. A thing that is nauseous causes the sensation of nausea. When you feel the sensation of nausea, you are nauseated. If you say you feel nauseous, you are saying that you are making everyone around you feel nauseated. Pretty sure that's not what ya meant to say! 7. Punctuation and capitalization are important. I don't care for this style of typing that looks like this- i totally think that yeah huh okay do you wanna u no? This is not language. This is laziness. I do not text for the simple reason that I refuse to be an accessory to the murder of the English language. 8. Another made-up word: BOUGHTEN. Not real, people. Not real.
When people speed up to pass you, like they can't stand being behind your slow-pokery for one more second, only to slow down to 10 mph BELOW the speed limit once they get in front of you. I do not understand this behavior. Either you're in a hurry or you're not. 100 yards should not change that! When I pass someone, I pretty much leave them in the dust. I DO NOT SLOW DOWN.
The contention that people do not cause reality, they merely reflect it. Oh, please! The media is particularly guilty of this one, as are many artistic communities. To say that art merely reflects life without influencing it is patently absurd. In fact, I'll call it what it: STUPID. The things you put out into reality have an a effect on it. It's a cycle. To say anything else smacks of a desperate desire to squirm out of responsibility for our part in creating the particular lousiness of any reality. For example, violent movies and games DO encourage violence in reality, because they make a person comfortable with the idea of it. And that is the first step toward becoming comfortable with the reality of it.
When people say reject a solutionbut have no other feasible solutions to offer (i.e., "War is not the answer") . Oh, war sucks, don't get me wrong. But it's not inherently evil and is actually a very effective tool. There are things that are worth dying for. If you have nothing in your life you would die for, you have not sufficiently opened yourself to living. In short, unless you have a well thought out option that has a chance of succeeding in the reality we currently inhabit, then either say you haven't thought it through, or keep it to yourself.
Ruffles on Plus-Sized bathing suits. Now honestly, what is that supposed to accomplish? Yeah, let me add an extra yard of bunched up fabric at my hips! That'll camouflage 'em!
Along this same line, when people dress in clothing that doesn't fit them. I'm sure we've all noticed this trend. Boys wear clothing that they could fit four of themselves into and girls wear stuff that they can fit half of themselves into. I have seen more upper glutes than I ever wanted to. If your body billows out from where your clothes stop, they're too small. Try the next size up. Conversely, if you can't even find a body part in all the yardage, your clothes are too big. I promise you guys, nothing says loser like aguy who looks like he buys his clothes from the Biggest Loser's Before shop.
Okay, that's it for now. I'm really not a