Some of these questions! Glass half full or half empty, was one. The answer is, it is entirely full, with two different substances, one being air. The question should be: Optimist or Pessimist. I know what they are asking, but they persist in asking the wrong question. That's a pet peeve. Vagueness in general, irritates me. Using 'effect' when one means 'affect', is an example. I only have about a 9th grade formal education, if that, and I know better. (I wouldn't have been much of a journalist if I hadn't!) How do some people get a High School diploma -- Good attendance?! And how in the WORLD do some people get a driver's license? I'm convinced it must involve bribery! OK, not really, but there are people who shouldn't be allowed to walk on the sidewalks, let alone pilot a two ton machine only feet from other people. (This might be the place to admit, I covered all the crash and burn stuff, and was also the police photographer, so I may be a little biased) I'm with George Carlin on this. He made a good living pointing out the follies of people. I think he was also pissed off. Some of the best comedians I ever saw were... Rant over. Your thoughts?
most of my peeves have to do with language rather than action, and they are too numerous to list, but i'll mention some that appear to be newish, all of them heard on my tv:
eschewing superlatives, what's wrong with -est? he's the most tall. it's tallEST, folks.
eschewing the word "twice." why is everyone saying "two times" all the time?
not so new but still annoying: the subject's not matching the modifying clause. "when six years old, my father taught me to throw a ball." really, your dad had a kid when he was six? that's a lot more interesting than whatever he taught you!
your chariot awaits. you'll transform into a pumpkin. those verbs are transitive folks, and make no sense without objects! your chariot awaits YOU. you'll be tranformed (or your fairy godmother will transform you) into a pumpkin. somewhere on the web, someone claims that the oxford english dictionary calls it intransitive. that person is at best mistaken or at worst a liar. i looked it up! oxford, like all the other dictionaries i've seen, validate my understanding.
we need a law against, and fine for, using "literally" to mean its opposite.
also related to television, specifically advertisements:
hey consumer cellular: i'm a senior, i use the computer all day long, i've used a computer since 1976, and this is not a whole new world. i did not fall asleep in 1980 and wake up yesterday. the world changed slowly for me as it did for everyone who doesn't live under a rock. talk down to me and be assured i will never buy your product/service/shtick,
fake insurance search companies: obamacare isn't a health plan. it doesn't have a price, cheap or otherwise. it's a law and it's still in effect. trump's fake tax cut didn't make health insurance cheaper and we know you just want people to give you their contact info so you can sell it and/or spam them. stop lying. it's annoying -- nay, disgusting. that goes for the rest of you advertisers who make fake claims, from the tv thing that supposedly gives you cable channels for free, claiming that the law says all cable companies have to broadcast digitally (if they broadcast they have to do it digitally, but they do not have to broadcast! they can just be on cable, for a fee!) to the "man-boosting" drugs that make an over-the-hill baseball player "leaner" (than what? he looks pretty chunky to me!) i've tried reporting some of these but no one is interested. lying, it seems, is just fine.
trumpy bear is disgusting. go away. ugh..
out in the real world? oh i don't go there much. when i do, i try to be patient with people. sometimes i succeed.
The glass being full also has another answer... it's half full if it was being filled and it's half empty if it was being emptied.
Pet peeves are tardiness (also includes lolligagging), smacking gum or food, slurping, driving slow in the fast lane, people invading my space in lines... man, I get annoyed easily!
I work in a call center in customer service. If you’re going to call me with a question actually listen to my answer! All day long I get people who are listening for what they want to here which is really often NOT what I’m going to tell them, BUT if they listen I can actually help. Makes my day so much longer than it needs to be.
Your gum. Do not put it on sidewalks or stick it under tables or discard it where I can see it or might encounter it--EVER. And also, I do not want to hear you audibly chew it, crack it, or pop it. And please return your shopping card to the designated car corrals or back inside the store. Don't leave it in a parking spot.
at the end of the day
be that as it may
the fact of the matter is
it is what it is
the long and the short of it
the thing of it is
People who start every response with
That's a good question...
I know...I mean KNOW I'm an optimist. Or really FN stupid.
I've seen a friend appear to be stealing from me... someone points it out...I'll excuse them with a comment like, we don't know their intentions OR I'm sure they'll return it
I hate hate hate it but the truth is nice guys finish last. ( And get screwed over for being nice and stupid still!!! At 51 yo!!!) . And I soon enjoyed being kind. Thoughtful, considerate.
There are many things that get my goat in the span of a day. One of the biggest ones I almost continually face, however, is the ever fucking annoying mantra that is "You have to stay positive!". A staple of shitty employers everywhere, not a day goes by where it seems i don't hear this.
And it is two-fold. Simple employees tend to say the above. And managers/supervisors tend to use the more pointed "If you don't like it, there is the door!".
Indeed, it is a fine line between being an arrogant know-it-all and having a point. Believe me, I know the struggle of trying to thread that needle. It be a whole lot easier just to see things from one point of view and move on (you know . . . what everyone does!).
The only problem with that is . . . I have a semi-functional brain. Unlike those around me that have apparently had all the creativity beaten out of them by being saturated in urban corporate culture for years, I am still capable of spotting seemingly obvious problems. Not always obvious solutions, but identifying the issue is half the battle. It's not the first time that I spotted a problem that someone else had an answer for.
The problem is, it seems people in this environment don't like anything but rigid and regimented status quo. Even if it is stupid on it's face and at times not cost effective in the long haul, we don't think about that. You just do as your told.
When combined with all the other penny pinching aspects of corporate culture, it makes for quite the day.
I guess the point is . . . short sighted people annoy me. I suppose that may be their own coping mechanism for being a cog in a faceless machine. None the less, they just baffle me.
Maybe my environment is rubbing off on me and pickling my brain. I live in Western Canada, a place that is fairly close to the south in term of discourse. A place wherein we have so little imagination that our collective solution to Alberta's economic troubles is only more pipelines. Pipelines to get glorified TAR to markets in Asia in an age where even big oil giants recognize that electric transport is on the cusp of making a breakthrough.
Whatever. They were warned. It's just too bad that the Canadian taxpayers will be on the hook for the toxic mess that will inevitable be left behind. Because companies that go bust don't have to take responsibility for their toxic legacy.
Short sighted corporate culture irritates the hell out of me.