God, I sound stuck up…

At the risk of sounding like the most conceited person on the planet, I will tell you my top three pet peeves today. So first, a little background: I love reading. I remember learning how to read and one of my most prominent memories is when my sister sent me a letter when she was out of town for the summer. I remember reading her letter – and it was the first letter that anybody had ever sent me – there were so many spelling mistakes in it. She’s 11 years older than me and I remember being somewhat proud and very surprised that I could spell better than her. Remember, I told you that this was going to sound conceited. I also remember reading the bible with my family and transitioning from the little kid bible to the adult bible that had the very difficult and long words. Again, I was able to read at the same level of my older siblings, all who were at least 10 years older than me. (modern American family lol).

Reading didn’t actually come easy to me, I wasn’t some kind of genius. In fact I had teachers that thought I was going to have a learning disability because I couldn’t read easily like the other kids. It turned out the way they were teaching me was the problem. I remember an entire summer where my mom prepared me to transition schools and taught me how to read using phonics. She had an entire room dedicated to me studying. The very first thing I ever read was the A&W Root Beer sign at KFC, and I was so happy. I was held back a grade when I entered the new school and I spent even more time learning how to read correctly.

So in short, most of my pet peeves come from language related things.

  1. When people read simple words wrong. I have a bad habit of correcting people too quickly and I really have to hold my tongue in order to not jump in and correct their pronunciation. My family gets so mad at me, because sometimes it’s just people’s accents. I was Hermione Granger saying, “It’s Leviosa, not Leviosah.”
  2. I tend to be a grammar Nazi, but not really. My brother says I’m a grammar Nazi, but I’m more of a context or ‘please use the correct word, because that has a different definition than you think’ Nazi. Such as, correcting him that grammar Nazi is not actually the correct term, because I’m not correcting his grammar, I’m correcting his word choice. The logic between one sentence and the next have to make sense, otherwise I’ll just give you WTF face and ask you to repeat yourself. Maybe this is the reason why I don’t understand some people’s jokes, but maybe a lot of the times I think, if you’re going to say something, please say it correctly.
  3. My last pet peeve is people saying, “um.” I took debate in high school and pretty much anytime I said “um” or “uh” I was corrected. Again, if you’re going to say something, say it correctly. Of course now I get weird looks from people, because I’ll stopped mid-sentence without giving any indication that I’m going to go on. A lot of people probably get really irritated that I do that.

I hope you don’t think I’m too conceited after reading this. The truth is that most of the time I actually criticize myself over pet peeves with myself like procrastination, and napping. Napping is definitely a pet peeve, and I feel angry with myself afterwards, but in the moment it feels so good. If you do think I’m conceited, you’ll be happy to know that I’ve spent five weeks in Japan this summer where I only kind of, sort of know the language, and definitely cannot read most things. Which means my ass has been handed to me because all of the sudden I’ve thrown myself into a situation where I am illiterate. It’s a very new feeling for me, and I actually have so much more respect for people now who have a hard time reading. Maybe my pet peeves will change. In Japanese it’s actually a part of the language to use the equivalents of “um” and “uh”: ano and eto. It’s been so hard for me to learn to say “um” again. Then again, my boyfriend is still studying English and there’s plenty of opportunity to correct him, but he also corrects me too, so I’m definitely getting a taste of my own medicine.

So, um, thx for reading this and I hope you don’t think I’m a horrible person. Do you have any pet peeves that make you a somewhat conceited person? Please tell me! I don’t want to be all alone…LOL. See ya tomorrow.

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