Reverendmother has given us permission to vent in this edition of the RevGal Friday Five Meme, and I just couldn't pass up that opportunity. With all due respect, here are my little pet peeves . . .
1. Grammatical Pet Peeve: Misuse of the semicolon. Once an English teacher, always an English teacher! (Or is it: Once an English teacher; always an English teacher?) Runner up: not using a hyphen when using two words to modify a noun. For example: "The wide-mouthed frog gobbled up tasty flies." Gotta have the hyphen there.
2. Household Pet Peeve: Not replacing the cap on the toothpaste. 'Cause then the opening gets all gunky and soon the paste comes out in a thin, gross stream. Ugh. I'm fully aware this is karma. My Dad always hated it when I would leave the cap off the toothpaste when I was kid. I never knew what the big deal was. Yep. Now I get it.
3. Arts & Entertainment Pet Peeve (movie theaters, restaurants, concerts, etc): Selling a 12-oz can of soda for over a dollar. Seriously! Ain't that price gouging? I think we oughta start a class action suit for being defrauded over the years. (Wait. Is class action suit supposed to be hyphenated?)
4. Liturgical Pet Peeve: (Don't get me started!) I'm gonna go with a really small one, but one that has baffled me for some years now. What is the tense that worship leaders suddenly start using when they get into the pulpit? It's never, "I welcome you to worship," but "I do welcome you to worship." Or "We invite you to write your name in the friendship pad," but "We do invite you." Why does do suddenly come into the whole thing? What's up with that? And what tense is it? Subjunctive?
5. Wild Card: I can't stand it, (die a little every time it happens) the first time the cover of the book I'm reading gets bent. Funny thing is, once it's really beat up (coffee stains, water marks from being read in the bath, dog-eared) I just love it. It's just the first crease that does me in.
6. Because all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God, what do I do that might be a pet peeve for others? I leave my wet towel on the bed after a shower. And almost always on D's side of the bed. I'm the worst.