The most important thing about Pet Peeves is that everyone has them. Things that bug us. A careful thing to remember about Pet Peeves is that it’s everyone’s Pet Peeve when they encounter someone who has a lot of griping to get off their chest. So I’ll keep this short — for now. That’s why it’s Pet Peeves – I.
Warning: Edward Gibbon’s Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire took up six volumes. Euclid’s Elements, thirteen.
The potty. The restroom. The powder room. The necessary room. The Loo. Room 100. The WC. The toilet. Or, as Americans call it: The Bathroom.
Why do we do that? We certainly don’t intend to bathe there, unless you include a little splashing at the sink.
- People — especially men — who don’t wash their hands after using the convenience. Really? You are the reason I don’t touch restroom door handles.
- Toilet Paper Over or under. Can we get it over with? The free end goes over the roll; it should not come from underneath. Why? You can find the end easier. You can tear off the paper easier. You don’t have to risk scraping your knuckles on the wall behind the paper. And that’s what the inventor, Seth Wheeler, had in mind when he patented the perforated paper roll dispenser in 1891. See for yourself. Here it is.
However, if you have a cat (or two, or more! — you crazy cat people) I get why under appeals to you: it’s more difficult to get the roll spinning and unraveling if the free end is behind. But I don’t have cats.
And cats can’t explain “under” in offices, restaurants, and other public places. 
- Men. Seat up or Seat down? I don’t care. Just do the right thing. Not doing the right thing is a daily double of Pet Peeves for me.
a) If you’re gonna put the seat up, fine. Just put it down when you’re done. Men, I know it’s hard to believe, but there are women in this world who hate to have to put the seat down (that means touching it — ewwww). Get over it. I grew up in a house with two sisters who came marching down the birth canal right behind me (ok, 15 months and 36 months younger). If I can do it, so can you.
b) If you’re gonna pee with the seat down, then by gawd please sit. Your aim is not good enough to completely miss where the next sorry soul will have to sit. You lazy bastard. Honest to Pete, guys. Don’t ruin our delicate balance of the sexes by being stupid.
- Still on hygiene, but no more potty talk. Cold and flu season is approaching. Time to address some PPs there as well.
a) Covering your mouth when sneezing or coughing. My Pet Peeve is when people do this directly into their hand. Particularly the palm of their hand. Well, isn’t that just dandy? Hi! Nice to meet you, too. What else are you gonna touch besides my hand? Please, please, please use a tissue, hankie or the crook of your elbow.
b) That quick-and-dirty, sneaky, casual nose wipe. Don’t think no one saw you. And even if no one did, do you think that nasty slimy mess your sniffer was trying to get rid of cares where it goes next?
That’s enough ewwww and gross for now. I don’t want to be your new Pet Peeve.
Stay careful and healthy out there.
Oh! The moral to the post?? Cat people shouldn’t marry dog people. Corollary: Over people shouldn’t marry under people.
Feel free to comment below or Email Joe with your own Pet Peeves. Or to just berate me.
Joe Girard © 2017
 There is a lot (I mean a LOT) of internet based discussion on this topic. Surveys nearly all fall in the range of 65-80% prefer OVER, and much of the remainder don’t really care.