Pet peeve

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Pet peeve is a term that first came into use at the beginning of the twentieth century. We will examine the definition of the expression pet peeve, where it came from and some examples of its use in sentences.

A pet peeve is something one finds annoying, a particular thing that a person finds to be obnoxious. Usually, a pet peeve is something that most people are not at all bothered by, or something that to most people is a very minor annoyance, yet may drive a certain person to distraction. When confronted with a pet peeve, a person usually reacts with an anger that is out of proportion to the transgression. The term pet peeve first came into use in the 1910s, though the word peevish dates to the 1300s. The word peeve is derived from the Latin word pervertere, meaning perverse or ornery.  The pet in pet peeve is used to designate a favorite, so one may say that a pet peeve is a person’s favorite annoyance.


That is always my biggest pet peeve when traveling is people’s ideas of the South and the reality of what the South is and this idea that racism only exists in the South — it is everywhere. (Entertainment Weekly Magazine)

If you’re bothered by the sounds of other people chewing, your pet peeve may wreck more than mealtime. (Time Magazine)

Trump acted on the tariff matter after months of talking up an issue that has been his pet peeve for decades, going back to his days as a young businessman, although the consensus among economists was it would hurt more US workers than it will help. (The Times of India)

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