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September 20, 2011
Yes, people who dress up their pets could qualify.
(Certainly a PP for the pet too.)
We all have them.
Some are more peevish than others.
Amazing that a word expressing a universal human emotion like "peeve" appeared in print as a verb (she peeves me no end) only in 1908 and a noun (I'm in a complete peeve) in 1911.
Both "peeves" are what linguists call "back-formations" of a much older term.
In this case, "peevish," which means "ill-tempered," and appeared in the late 14th century.
Add the word "pet" to it and the phrase that popped up in 1919, according to Word Detective, probably owes its popularity to its mild perversity — "favorite annoyance" is a bit oxymoronic as well as being alliterative.
Naturally one's pet peeve is another one's pet action.
You may have your own favorite pet peeves like:
Vanity license plates.
Couples who sit on the same side of the booth when there is no one on the other side.
(That is annoying)
Or people who chat online and are preoccupied with other things while you're on the phone with them.
Or the "wrong numbers" who ask who you are? Same ones that hang up and don't say "sorry."
They're probably also the same people sitting behind you in a movie that never shut up.
There are constant lists listing so many pet peeves, you might find a few there you didn’t know you had, and that will be annoying in itself.
I'm getting peeved just thinking about it.