We all have those things that irk us, grind our gears, make our blood boil, or our skin crawl. These can be big or small things, and we each have our own reasons that these things bug us, but here are mine.
My parents are both teachers. Every once in a while, I would look at students’ written tests and couldn’t believe what I (couldn’t) read. Hand-written tests and papers filled with “ta” instead of “to,” “u” instead of “you,” and more “lols” than you can shake a stick at.
I have sympathy for people who make mistakes when they’re writing, I know I’ve made a few, but what bothers me is when people don’t care enough to even try. It’s so easy to look up the proper meaning of a word, or the proper use of punctuation, why not take these simple things more seriously? Every tweet, email, and text message I send is purposefully crafted, because right is better than wrong, and good writing is better than bad.
This isn’t me just picking on people for the sake of it, it can be incredibly practical. Too many times have I needed to reply to a friend’s text message because their aversion to basic grammar and spelling made the message too ambiguous. Too many times I’ve lost respect for a business contact when every other sentence in their emails ends with “lol.”
I shake my head every time I read a newspaper article or a published book that confuses “less” with “fewer” or “good” with “well” or “everyday” with “every day.” They should know better than that.
I go into more detail in this blog post.
This dovetails nicely off the last point because I can’t understand how overused this expression is. For so many people this expression is now just a part of their vocabulary, and it doesn’t mean today what it used to. Have you ever actually laughed out loud when you typed “lol”? Have you ever seen anyone else do it? Have you ever actually ROTFL-ed?
Our diction matters. Consider using something else to make every text, tweet, and status update appear more casual than three letters that really don’t mean anything.
The definition of “hipster” is a person who follows the latest trends and fashions, especially those regarded as being outside the cultural mainstream. Through my experiences, I’ve found that what they really are is people who like and do things purposely because it’s not the mainstream. On the surface, they appear to not care what people think, when in reality they care about what people think more than anyone else. They make their decisions based on the opinions of other people, and go out of their way to circumvent cultural norms.
I’m a big fan of being true to yourself regardless of what other people think, all evidence of what hipsters do points to the contrary. If any person is doing, saying, or wearing what they truly like and enjoy, then more power to them. They have my full support. But people who do, say, or wear things for no other reason than because it’s different, they don’t have my respect.
This is the most annoying thing that has ever happened in the history of the world.
See how annoying that is? Similar to when I was talking about appropriate grammar use earlier, appropriate word choice is also really important to me. I don’t ever want to misrepresent my ideas or make any ambiguous statements, and hyperbolic statements offer more opportunity for that to happen. I sincerely doubt that the video I just came across on Facebook is the “Funniest thing you’ll ever see!!”
Yesterday I talked about how complaining is something that I choose not the engage in. What’s more is that it really annoys me when other people do it. I understand that people need to vent, but I’ve noticed, as I’m sure you have, that some people overdo it by oozing negativity; the complain about every little thing, to anyone who will listen, any time of day. Complaining is the biggest indicator of a non-winning player, and serves absolutely no purpose. I can’t imagine a bigger waste of time and energy.
Edit: It’s been pointed out to me how ironic this is, as it appears that I’m complaining about complaining. To me, it feels like I’m just venting, though. These are things that I see every day and am now getting my frustration about them out of my system. I make a point to not inundate other people with any negative thoughts or opinions that I may have.
“Marketers ruin everything.” Some new thing comes along that grabs people’s attention, then we get our hands on it and make it all about selling stuff. For this reason, I know why spam email was born, because people wanted to sell stuff to people who never wanted to be sold to in the first place. What I can’t believe is how blatantly insincere they are with their offers, and more often than not how cheesy and transparent their pitches are. Spam email hasn’t gotten more sophisticated as spam filters have, they’re still as cheap and nonsensical as ever. Like, how many Nigerian Princes are there in the world, anyway?
Nagging / Micro-managing
One of the biggest sticking points in my relationship with my parents is their tendency to try and micro-manage my life under the guise of making “suggestions.” My argument is that I should be allowed to take or leave a suggestion, but what I encounter is a request that I am expected to say yes to no matter my personal feelings or opinions on the matter.
What I need in life is the opportunity to make my own decisions. Whether I win or lose, I want to be beholden to nobody. That’s what I like about being an entrepreneur… for better or for worse, I have nobody breathing down my neck and directing my every move. I do get that from clients now and then, but I make sure to set clear boundaries and make sure that they trust me that I know my work better than they do.
#1 Movie in America
It annoys me that so many movies that come out in theatres are the “#1 Movie in America” and have all of these great, identical-sounding soundbites. When all we ever hear during a movie’s promotion is 5-star ratings and impeccable reviews we become desensitized to them and they end up meaning nothing. Needless to say, I put no stock in these ratings and wait to judge a movie for myself.
“We didn’t shake on it”
How many times have you made a bet with a friend and this was their response? My thinking is that if you aren’t willing to pay after losing a bet then you shouldn’t have made the bet in the first place. Your integrity is everything, and this excuse speaks to a larger issue about not honouring your commitments.
I Googled it, a verbal agreement is binding. Your word should be enough.
I want my $50, Adam.
Blogust is my attempt to challenge myself to write every day for an entire month. The end goals include practice writing, more material on my blog, establishing a daily writing habit, and accomplishing a personal challenge. I have not given these posts any forethought, all prompts were conceived by other people.