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litlady33 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

This is quite loaded question, and I'm sure I could go on for days!

On a personal and somewhat petty level, I get annoyed by certain sounds: nails clipping, silverware clanking on plates, gum chewing/popping, TV when I'm trying to sleep. I've been told I have acute hearing, and that's why these things bother me so much.

As a teacher, there are plenty of things that annoy me. Students grooming (doing nails, brushing hair, etc.) in class drives me absolutely insane. I also can't stand it when students use phones when I have asked them to put them away.

More importantly, I am very much annoyed when students have an "I don't care" attitude toward their education. We have come to a time when people take their education for granted and don't realize how lucky they are to have a free quality public education- it wasn't always that way for everyone in this country, and it's still not that way for some in other countries. But that appreciation has been lost. 

I also get annoyed when people try to guilt-trip me. That never makes me want to do something.

William Delaney eNotes educator| Certified Educator

What annoys me?

Strangers calling on the phone to solicit money for some phony charity.

Strangers calling on the phone to ask me to participate in some survey.

Computer-generated phone calls with recorded messages.

People who leave take-out containers on bus-stop benches.

People who block the aisles with their shopping carts in supermarkets.

Check-out cashiers who don't say thank you.

Loud music, especially the Howler Monkeys and the Screaming Meemies.

Loud television.

Cell phones.

Commercial breaks on television.

People who stand right outside market entrances to collect signatures on their petitions.

Bad manners.


mwestwood eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Voter Fraud. When certain politicians want votes, being in America illegally makes no difference to them--or being dead for that matter. Voter registration cards are handed to such illegals in California when they enter certain state offices.  There were documented cases of numerous dead people voting in South Carolina as well as in Illinois [Chicago is infamous for this activity], forgeries of voters signing to put candidates on the ballot in Indiana and other states. And, what about the chads of Florida?

Now, when states have made efforts to clean up this voter fraud, the federal government has challenged their rights to do so....

trophyhunter1 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Behaviors are influenced by culture, emotion, upbringing, peer pressure, genetics, rules, ethics, morals, etc. Behaviors can be acceptable or not depending on social norms. What is an annoying behavior to someone, may be acceptable to someone else, depending on their attitudes and what they consider normal.

shake99 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I don't know why this is the first thing to pop into my mind, maybe it's because of all the politicking that's going on now, but what is really annoying me lately are the strong political opinions that people have that do not seem to be grounded in any objective information or reasoning. How can so many people be so sure they are right without listening to other points of view?

literaturenerd eNotes educator| Certified Educator

This is a very loaded question--as litlady points out. I have to say that things which annoy me are people who make things up, people who expect something out of another person without expecting it of themselves, people who believe that they are better than others, and people who simply look at life with an "I do not care" attitude.

pohnpei397 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

For me, one of the biggest annoyances is people who talk loudly on their cell phones in public places.  Of course, people talking to their friends loudly is pretty annoying as well.  But I find the loud conversations on cell phones particularly annoying.

rrteacher eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I am with mwalter822. It seems to me that increasingly, people just make things up. I know enough of history to be aware that this is by no means a new phenomenon, but social media has put it in my face daily, and it is annoying. 

nicoledesilva | Student

Oh, and also, children screaming at public places. Phones ringing at the cinema and at libraries. Chalks screeching on the blackboards, you know that sound that nails make on the blackboards? Yeah, like that.

nicoledesilva | Student

That would take me like LOADS of space. But I completely agree with post #13.
Friend calling you like TEN times a day when you've pretty much made clear that you do not want to talk to them.
When other people take credit for what I have done.
Going to school at like, SEVEN, all bleary-eyed and still half asleep.
When people show off and act like they rule the world.
Sarcastic comments when you're trying to talk about something serious.
People telling me that they have a secret and that they're gonna tell me but then they're like, on second thoughts, maybe I wont tell you. Urghhh. I mean why mention it if you're not gonna tell?!

hadjartahax | Student

loads.. :) When my mum shouts on the phone in public.. come on mum, not the WHOLE world needs to know what you're saying on the phone!

When people intterupt you when you're talking. very annoying.

When you try to explain something and you see faces like 'what the heck is she trying to say'. And when you can't find the right word for something.. Thingy..

When people lie and you know they're not talking the truth, and when people show off. Hate it.

There's more but these are the most important things that annoy me. x

loraaa | Student

Hmmm... maybe just this sentence...! 

when my mother says me ""help me in... the kitchen!!! o_O""

mike101612 | Student

people who take the elevator to the 2nd floor