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Pet hates - what are yours?

They can be typical, irrational, downright weird even... but we all have pet hates! I won't share all of mine now (I have too many), but will kick off with one



The misuse and abuse of the English language! It's more specific than simple spelling errors (save for the examples below). Here are some examples:

Americanisation of our fine language, by losing prepositions. For example the TV show "Come Dine With Me". It's "Come And Dine With Me". Or the GiffGaff adverts which proudly proclaim "come join us". What has the word "and" done to offend them?! I will happily "come and join you" if it were not for your stupid motto!

More Americanisation. "Hit me up" being one such example. And I have heard idiots using words like "trash" as a noun and not as it should be - a verb!

And then misuse of of the word "of". "We could of gone there". Grrrr! It's "have" not "of"!

Not to mention the "to" vs "too" thing or the "their", "there" and "they're" battle.

And the ten items of less aisle in the supermarket? Hmmmm.

Oh and those who don't know how to use an apostrophe, so just sprinkle it all over the place. "I drove past a load of motorbike's earlier whilst exploring the Surrey countryside". I get that the apostrophe can be tough to place like in sentences such as this - "I wonder where we will be in twenty years' time" - but sometimes there is no excuse for getting it wrong. "It's" vs "its" isn't hard.

And misuse of the capital letter on names. Unless it's a proper noun, I don't want a capital letter anywhere near it! You are all posting on a Forum for example. No, it's a forum. But if you were referring to the "FIAT Forum", you are correct to use a capital F.

Sorry. Just had to get that off of my chest. It's all too painful for someone with an English degree.

(This post should not be taken as proof that I have not made some errors above!)



So please, people of FIAT Forum, share your pet peeves! And yes, you are welcome to name me as one if you wish.
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Drivers who are incapable of staying between the lane markings on the road.

Even worse, those who can neither remain within the lane markings, nor attain the speed limit, making an overtake dangerous or downright impossible.

If my 20 year old Alfa, based on a 30 year old Fiat platform, can manage it, surely your 5 year old CitroPugRenVagen, loaded with electronic aids I've never even heard of, can cope?
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For driving related ones people who can't pick a speed/read the road. I'm over 30 these days I can cope with following someone who is doing 50 in a 60 just fine, but if that person varies their speed between 25 and 65 mph braking for every slight kink, leaf, storm cloud on a road that otherwise has absolutely no braking requirements at all at the speed limit then that will piss me off.

Same goes for people who were quite happy bumbling along in their own little world until they got overtaken...its not a comment...its not an affront to your man hood. You can continue at the speed you were previously happy doing and I'll continue my trip thank you. There is certainly no need to stoke your 116d msport up to 90 in a 60 to prove your superiority so can swerve in front of the car that's just overtaken you..not required thank you.
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Use of the word "Mate" by people representing companies. If I'm phoning to buy a product, renew insurance or report a problem to the council etc etc. I do not at any point expect to be called mate. Worse still the person on the counter at the bank or the salesman in the shop.

Why has this word become such an accepted way of dealing with people, in my view it shows complete disregard for common courtesy or respect, anyone who calls me mate, instantly loses all respect from me and my custom, and usually earns them self a complaint.
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Use of the word "Mate" by people representing companies
Agreed.

However over use of the word "sir" or your name just as annoying.
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Sorry, but the lack of prepositions you site are in fact correct English. Slightly archaic I know, but correct in context. Many so called Americanisms are old English forms coming home, and much of our rich language has been enhanced by newer wholly American constructions.

However, 'of' instead of 'have' really upsets me too, as does the use by people who should know better of prostrate when they mean prostate. These and many other howlers are a result of the decline in English teaching in schools and an increasingly uneducated but confident workforce, even those with modern university
so-called degrees. I'm surrounded by these kids at work and I'm quietly astonished by their ignorance.
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Sorry, but the lack of prepositions you site are in fact correct English. Slightly archaic I know, but correct in context. Many so called Americanisms are old English forms coming home, and much of our rich language has been enhanced by newer wholly American constructions.

However, 'of' instead of 'have' really upsets me too, as does the use by people who should know better of prostrate when they mean prostate. These and many other howlers are a result of the decline in English teaching in schools and an increasingly uneducated but confident workforce, even those with modern university
so-called degrees. I'm surrounded by these kids at work and I'm quietly astonished by their ignorance.
Unfortunately, I am not in a position to debate the etymology of prepositions, but the sheer fact that Americans do it and we don't means it is in fact an Americanism. Even if it did originate here and die out. This is, after all, the country that rewrote the dictionary to account for its laziness and/or stupidity. Or maybe it was just a desire to always be at the 'center' of everything!

I can only agree about the decline in teaching standards, particularly for English language. And I also agree with your sentiments about the ignorance (and general lack of common sense) that many graduates have these days. I have one in my team at the moment and as nice as he is, he's often the butt of jokes because of his 'innocence'.

That being said, the number of pointless degrees is shocking too! Media studies? Tourism? Philosophy? Say no more...
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Sorry, but the lack of prepositions you site are in fact correct English.
I haven't put them anywhere... the word you want is "cite"

And I know that was mean
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No it wasn't. My mistake.

Remember though that American English has enlivened our language brilliantly.
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Agreed.

However over use of the word "sir" or your name just as annoying.
Agreed it becomes insincere, even sarcastic if used too much.

All my other pet hates relate to work, when people are telling me their medical problems, which make no medical sense, then tell me something a supposed specialist told them that no specialist would ever tell them.
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Ah the general public...they love to make **** up. My wife has spoken to people twice in a row on 999 calls that don't realise they've got through to the same person twice. The things she's apparently done and said on the previous calls!

People who have concocted a chain of events that are entirely unrelated into something that is impossible/apparently your fault. The TV signal has never been the same since you installed that new router being a recent example from my Dad...or perhaps I can't hear you on the land line in the kitchen but I can on the cordless phone, the phone line must be broken. But if the phone line was broken neither would work..its the phone line.. it isn't...look I work in telephony/resourcing and among my fun tasks is trouble shooting phone problems in a call centre I'm telling you it's the 25 year old scabby phone..I'm calling BT to get an engineer out...get me a screw driver and both your phones I'm going to build a working frankenphone to prove a point and then go to Morrison's and spend a fiver on a New damn phone!...this one works now..
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For driving related ones people who can't pick a speed/read the road. I'm over 30 these days I can cope with following someone who is doing 50 in a 60 just fine, but if that person varies their speed between 25 and 65 mph braking for every slight kink, leaf, storm cloud on a road that otherwise has absolutely no braking requirements at all at the speed limit then that will piss me off.

Same goes for people who were quite happy bumbling along in their own little world until they got overtaken...its not a comment...its not an affront to your man hood. You can continue at the speed you were previously happy doing and I'll continue my trip thank you. There is certainly no need to stoke your 116d msport up to 90 in a 60 to prove your superiority so can swerve in front of the car that's just overtaken you..not required thank you.
Worse than that - people who do 40 in a 60 ... then continue to do 40 when we get into the 30 zone, wtf is that about?!
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Drivers who use a mobile phone while driving.

Drivers who sit in the middle lane on the motorway when the inside lane is empty.

As a Leeds United fan, can I get away with m*ch*st*r *n*t*d?

Probably are others, but it is almost one a.m and beauty sleep time.
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Worse than that - people who do 40 in a 60 ... then continue to do 40 when we get into the 30 zone, wtf is that about?!
This absolutely gets on my nerves. Followed and overtook an Audi RS5 thing, seriously powerful, drove like knob. Obviously insulted his pride when I overtook and had to spend the remainder of his journey riding in my boot.


Unrelated, people who think that this "**** the police" attitude is cool/right. Sure, you've had your run ins with them, or they gave you a bollocking while you were smoking a single weed behind One Stop that one time and told your mum who said you were a disappointment, but seriously, grow up. Not every police officer wants to crush civil liberties and ruin your "human rights". If I hear another person say "it's my human right", I'll actually flip. It's my human right not to listen to your twaddle. Have some respect, if they weren't there, you'd probably be the first numpties to get beaten up.

I went to see the HMS Queen Elizabeth arriving yesterday (seriously impressive bit of kit), and the whole bay was a no-go zone. 6 heavily armed helicopters, police boats enforcing a no-go zone on the waters. And some middle aged balding man in khaki jeans, a bright single colour tshirt with a big outdoors logo, and a cap decides to argue the toss with the Police command boat, because he's been told to get off the water on his stupid paddleboard. Like, any other time, maybe, but when the army literally have gattling guns, and it's srs bsnz, just grow up and stop pissing around.


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