Some random pet peeves of mine are: outraged suburban mothers, pornos that insist on including shots of the guy's face, the word "N-word," ugly people in sportscars, bisexuals.
And then there is the quasi-intellectuals. Bear in mind, I might be one of them, but if so I wouldn't know because I'm too busy being right, and proving I'm right with superior grammatical skills and incorrect references to logical fallacies I heard about in a philosophy class once. The rest of them I looked up on wikipedia, and I understood all of them immediately and I will continue to understand them again and again until I actually do. What separates me from the rest of the elitist internet idiots is that every once in a while I actually realize what a retard I am.
Getting back to the subject at hand, my pet peeve is not about quasi-intellectuals in general. I'm gonna zero in on a particular part of that persona in this blog, and that is the ones that write essays about stuff and put them on forums on the internet. I don't have anything against the essays, sometimes they are great, even when I don't agree with what its saying. My pet peeve is with the titles.
Sometime in grade or middle school, we got our first essay writing lessons. To make things simple, the teacher usually told everyone to use the same format for everything. And everything included the titles. This is the format they would use for every single one of their essays:
<Subject>: A <Angle>
This gives us titles like
Automining: A Fresh Perspective
Bush: A Stupid Doodooface
Anal Sex: A Pain in the Ass
See, before you write me off as currently retarded, my personal definition of pet peeve is not an annoyance I can rationally justify. If it was a list of things that annoy me for a rational reason, I would have included Affirmative Action and attractive women. A pet peeve to me is something that, while I can explain my reasoning behind it, is not inherently bad, but still annoys the shit out of me for some reason.
Titles of the above format annoy the shit out of me for some reason.
Because the thread The Goddamn Economy: A Civilized Version (found in general) was thusly formatted, I didn't read it when it was first posted. I only read it just now because I was bored and it turned out to be a very interesting read!
It was specifically for the essay formatting reason that I in the end abandoned the Battle.net forums. Pretty much every single time someone thought they had a new idea (and by default forgot that forums usually have a search function) they would write it up nice and neat and then tack on that stupid ¤%& title. Whenever I see that formatting I always question whether the person posting it is fresh out of middle school or if he/she/it only had the one writing class. And by making that distinction, I am already assuming the essay won't be worth reading.
I'm a grammar nazi, even though mine is by no means perfect, but I never point out spelling mistakes on the internet. Why? Because it's the internet. Goddamnit. But this title formatting thing has been eating away at me for years and I just thought I'd share.
I also have a pet peeve about the phrase "Trust me," and the word "Seriously."