Monday, December 10, 2007

Small Annoyances

Everyone has those irritable days when even a small annoyance sets them off. I don’t have many of those days. And today actually isn’t one of those days for me. In fact, today, although I’m not feeling very well, I am full of love and gratitude and peace and forgiveness.

But I remember a few weeks ago I was at Roberts Arts and Crafts. It started out as a good day, but just being in that crowded store began a downward spiral.

Do you ever have a hard time committing to a check out line? You walk up there with maybe three or four items and all the lines already have three or four people waiting with full shopping carts. You survey your options. It’s a difficult decision sometimes because despite how many people are in front of you, there are other factors to consider: how full is their cart? Are they making an exchange? Is he buying fragile items that need to be individually wrapped? Is she going to wait until everything is rung up before searching in her purse for a checkbook? Does she look difficult? Is the cashier new?

So that day, as I committed to a line, I soon realized I committed to the wrong line. I stood there in silence, as customers who joined the other lines much later than I joined mine grabbed their bagged purchases and headed out the door. I passively listened to unnecessary conversations and pointless questions at the register. I observed with reserved patience. But after twenty minutes of not moving in that line, my purchases getting weightier in my arms, people bumping up behind me and kids flying past me on their sneaker wheels, I went ahead and decided I hated everyone in that store.

I bring this up because I just found a document on my computer with a list I must have made on one of those irritable days. I think I was saving this for posting on my blog when I didn’t have much of anything to say. So here it is:


Sayings/phrases I could do without:


“That’s hot”
I don’t know why anyone would want to join the Paris Hilton bandwagon…or, join her off the wagon.

“No worries”
Most people who say this to me say it instead of “you’re welcome” when I thank them for something. Or maybe it replaces “don’t worry about it. Which is fine, only I’m not worried about it, I just want to express gratitude.

“Git’r done”
I actually don’t know where this originated, but it’s usually said with a scruffy voice. Maybe if I knew where it came from I would understand the accompanying voice. Whatever, it’s annoying.

“Guesstimate”
It’s not a real word. It means the same as estimate, am I wrong?

“Senior moment”
I actually have no idea why that rubs me the wrong way. Just…just don’t.

Most phrases beginning with “literally” because most of the time, they’re using the word figuratively.

These last three speak for themselves:

“Brain fart”

“Potty mouth”

“Artsy fartsy”


This is funny, because I have a lot of friends and people I really love who use some of these sayings. Don’t take it personally, but if you have any phrases you want to add to my list, please leave a comment.

6 comments:

We'll Call her "Lisa" said...

"stuff like that"

"sick" (the way it means "cool")

there's more. I'll tell you in private.

Ilene said...

"Anyways" it's "Anyway"

"You know"- I hate that I hear myself saying this

"Potty/Peep pee/poo poo"- I hate that since potty training Jackson, I find myself using these words in reference to adults and children alike. It is annoying. Literally (hee, hee).

Andrea said...

I was so glad to see that "agreence" wasn't on there. I love that word! My old roommate made it up, but I love it. I do hate it when people talk to their cats or pets that size or smaller.

"get er done" That is from Larry the Cabel Guy. But you shouldn't know that unless you watch red neck comedy (I'm so happy you don't!).

Guilty Confession:
I didn't know it was "Anyway" instead of "anyways" until about a year ago. I'm 26.

Hilda said...

Oh, I'm so glad that people are annoyed by many of the same phrases I am. I'm especially annoyed by Paris' infamous phrase "that's hot" and the improper use of "literally".

I also hate it when people use acronyms such as, LOL, NOYB, BFF...the list goes on.

Rhett said...

I started saying "thats hot" to try to make fun of Paris by using it in ways that were obviously "not hot." But I've noticed people don't get my joke so I'm trying to quit saying it. Actually now I think about, most the phrases I say I'm trying to mock them but most of them don't turn out that way.

"Senior moment" bugs me too. And I also have no idea why.

charlotta-love said...

"All's I know" Why do people say all's? All is? All was? what word are they combining all with? I had a professor - the Dean of the department actually - who said it daily. "All's ya gotta know for the final," "all's I know is __,"

all's I know is that it's annoying!