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My turn: Pickles among my pet peeves


A few things that annoy me:

• E-mails marked “urgent” that clearly are not urgent. Especially those that come from royalty who need my help transferring millions of dollars out of their politically troubled countries. I can’t help everybody.

• Junk mail telling me I’ve “qualified to apply” for something. Especially when the junk mail is addressed to “Mr. Stephens.”

• Writers who don’t know the difference between “loose” and “lose.” You have a screw loose. You will lose your screw if it gets loose.

• Writers who don’t know the difference between “to” and “too.” It’s a long way to Tipperary. It’s a long way to Disneyland from Tipperary, too.

• Writers who don’t know “its” from “it’s.” It’s going to be a long season if the team loses all of its games.

• Facebook games.

• Facebook friends who want me to play Facebook games.

• Politicians who won’t answer a question.

• Politicians who won’t stop answering a question because they know I have more questions.

• Mistakes at drive-up windows at fast-food restaurants. There is not much worse than unwrapping a burger I’ve ordered with mustard only and discovering a pickle or an onion.

• Electronic signs outside businesses that have more information than I can read as I drive past. That’s like ending a newspaper story in mid-


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