People who don't have kids that criticize parents. Unless you have 'em, you don't have the first clue about raising them.
Horsepuckey. I may not have kids, but I can spot uncorrected bad behavior when I see it. My dogs
are better-behaved than some kids. Kid behaving badly = bad parenting. QED. Why should I have to placidly endure rotten behavior because I've chosen not to whelp a sprog? If it takes a village to raise a child, I'm the stereotypical crotchety old bastard who lives on the outskirts taking rock-salt potshots at rotten little bastards who cut through my yard and trample my hops vines.
Piss-poor grammar and punctuation in emails (especially work emails). Nay, EVERYWHERE- including forums. If you can't be arsed to write in complete sentences without a scintilla of regard for punctuation and conventions of the written word, what makes you think I want to give myself a migraine trying to deconstruct your lazy English?
Er. Word. [ducking]
Things This Bob (neither Angry_Bob nor Brewin_Bob) Cannot Abide:
Poor communication. If you have little grasp of the language, kindly refrain from interacting with me. If you cannot impart a sentence which contains less than one expletive (deliberately used for emphasis), kindly refrain from interacting with me. If you cannot impart a sentence without the word "like" as an audible pause, ditto. For that matter, if you "Um" or "Er" more than once in a sentence, kindly tie yourself to the stake. I'll handle the kerosene and torch.
Automated telephone menus. These are the cause of two-thirds of the world's negative emotion and energy, even when they work properly.
Roundabouts. People should be trained in Driver's Ed to deal properly with roundabouts. If you can't, stay out of them.
Sobriety checkpoints. Such a violation of basic civil rights is one goose-step away from "Ihre papieren, bitte."
Shopping malls between 30 September and 1 March. Let's see if I have this straight - the societal pressures caused by overwhelming marketing cause an upsurge seasonal-affective disorder, causing pharmaceutical companies to market treatment drugs. Gotcha.
People who use the word "Nazi" to describe others who wish to hold them to some sort of standard. "Style-Nazi" is the appropriate usage in this milieu.
The ludicrous idea that elitism is in itself evil. That rewarding above-average je ne sais quois
is demeaning or undesireable. That being proud of above-average accomplishment (you know, the stuff that makes one elite
) is socially unacceptable. That everyone on the Little League team gets a trophy. Essentially, that rewards are given regardless of whether or not they are earned. And we wonder why our society has entitlement issues.
I think that covers it for at least the next half-hour.