Thanks to a hellish week of finals, graduation (well, graduation wasn’t really hellish as I quite like attending — it’s nice to be at an event at which basically everyone has succeeded. But it did take up over six hours of my time), and grading, I am so behind on both the #reverb11 and #reverbbroards11 projects that I have no hope of catching up. And I don’t intend to. I do, however, want to go back and do the December 16 Reverb Broads prompt as there are few things I love more than a good list of pet peeves. So, here you go:
- People who don’t turn out lights when they leave a room. Our work study students do this and it drives me NUTS. I can hear my father yelling in my head “turn out the damn light!”
- Folks who stop before they make a turn while driving. No need to stop. Slow down, yes. Stop, no.
- Made-up words. For example, “orientate.” That is not a word.
- Student affairs professionals who use the word “intentional.” As in “we should be intentional about the learning outcomes for program X.” So…..in other words, before you were just throwing sh*t together? Everything we do should be intentional. No need to state the obvious.
- People who RSVP yes and then cancel at the last minute with no good excuse. And no, “I’ve been busy and am tired” is not a good excuse. I’m busy and tired, too, but managed to show up. Illness and emergency are the only good reasons. My friends all know that doing this will get you off the invite list. Hmmm……maybe that’s why they do it?
- An unwillingness to try new things, especially when it comes to food. So many lovely flavors out there — how do you know you’ll hate it if you refuse to try it?
- Comic sans font. An abomination that should be eliminated from the world. And it really does not belong on a syllabus.
- Being called “Mrs.” Bethman (or worse “Mrs. Powell”). My name is Ms. or Dr. Bethman. Woe to the student who sends a pleading email that begins with “Mrs. Bethman.” Especially if you’re in my women’s & gender studies class in which we’ve talked a lot about this. Also, do you call your male professors “Mr.”? I didn’t think so.
- The word “feminazi”
Okay, I will stop now (even though I could go on) as I realize the list above is making me sound like a crank. But hey, we all have things that get on our nerves, right? And somehow it’s the little things that really drive us nuts.
Note: This is my response to the #reverbbroads11 prompt for December 16. Inspired by #reverb 10, #reverbbroads11 is online initiative to write on a variety of clever, interesting, silly prompts for the 31 days of December. The December 16 prompt is: “What are your biggest pet peeves?” Via Emily