This is another personal pet peeve, this time aimed at Microsoft, and in particular their Office applications. I suspect that many people will hold an opposite view.
In my job (and sometimes at home) I often need to copy and paste sections of text or data between different documents or applications. If I use the normal paste command the copied data are inserted using the same formatting as in the original document, which nine time out of ten differs from that in the receiving document. I then have to reformat my document. I know that I can use Edit > Paste > Special... or use a custom shortcut to paste without formatting, but it's a longer route and easy to forget.
There are also several non-Office applications that will take formatted pasted text, and they don't appear to have a Paste > Special... command. In such cases I often have to paste the copied item into a program that doesn't allow formatting (like Notepad) then copy/paste it into the other application. I'd find it easier if the default for the paste command were without formatting. I'd be interested to learn if others have the same issues, although I realise this blog, with its minuscule readership, is not the best place to ask for the opinions of the world at large.
This peeve is aimed at those working in the same office block as me, although I suspect it's fairly common in all offices. To those who are using the lifts at the same time as me: don't press the "doors close" button!
The doors close automatically. If no-one has called the lift from a particular floor they will close swiftly. If someone has pressed for a lift, the doors stay open slightly longer to give the person time to get on. There are four lifts in the area I use and it's not always possible to tell which lift will be stopping.
I've several times walked towards a lift, only for the doors to be closed before I could enter. Very often the doors have started to close as I enter, and I spot someone standing there with their finger on the "close" button. Why do these people bother? They save perhaps ten seconds maximum. Are they so keen to get back to work?
I'm getting a little worried; I'm beginning to run out of ideas for these lists of pet peeves. Perhaps I'm not such a grumpy old man after all.
This is really nitpicking, but one thing that tends to annoy me happens when I tune the TV to catch the start of a particular programme; let's call it "Programme X". The continuity announcer then says something like "Next up, Programme Y", to which my immediate reaction is "Huh?". The announcer then goes on to say "But, before that, Programme X". I tend to confuse easily and that gets me every time. There's one channel that puts up notices on the screen "Next: Program Y", and "Later: Program Z". They'll then start showing Program X.
A similar annoyance is when the announcer says, for instance, "Now, Programme X" followed by several minutes of commercials. The announcer means "After you've sat through us trying to sell you things, we'll start Programme X", and should reserve using "Now" for the immediate future, not for in four or five minutes' time.
These peeves are mostly about some people's speech mannerisms. In many cases they are just fillers while the speaker is working out what to say, used in the same way as "er..." and "um...". However, they can be profoundly irritating to the listener, especially when repeated several times in the same few sentences.
"OH MY GOD!" (or, possibly worse and spelled out as an initialism,"OMG!"): this seems to be used by some (mainly teen-aged girls) to introduce every sentence regardless of content;
"As/like I was saying...": used repeatedly and when this is the first time the matter has been mentioned;
"Like": as used in I was, like, 'No way!', and she was, like, 'Way!';
"Know what I mean?" repeated endlessly during a conversation.
I commute to work daily using a suburban train and bus. Unlike many, I've no real complaint about the actual public transport. The occasional train is cancelled or late, and I might sometimes have to wait longer than usual for a bus. That happens, and is pretty well inevitable with systems of such complexity. Both are better services, though, than I remember from 20 years or so ago.
What I dislike, however, is the behaviour of some fellow passengers. For instance:
those who sit on the aisle side of a double seat, forcing me to struggle past their legs to sit in the window seat;
those who stand right in front of the doors even when there is space to stand or even sit elsewhere, thus blocking other travellers' exit or entrance;
those carrying large backpacks in the rush hour, which they proceed to forget makes them twice as wide as normal, so they try to squeeze into small gaps, hitting other passengers in the face in the process;
a similar group are those who tow luggage on wheels behind them, without noticing that they are running over my legs.
OK, I know that I haven't posted to this blog for over two years, so this time I won't make any promises it turns out I can't keep.
Since I have the right age and outlook for being a grumpy old man, I thought I'd make a few posts about things in daily life that tend to annoy me. If my previous record is anything to go by the series will trail off after a couple of posts, but I'll try ...
These peeves aren't in any particular order and I think I'll start with:
Cyclists - those cyclists who think that the rules of the road don't apply to them really annoy me:
by jumping red lights, particularly at pedestrian crossings;
by travelling the wrong way down one-way streets;
by riding on the pavements (sidewalks in the USA).