Pet peeves

'Ugh, I just hate people who leave things lying around and will not tidy them up.' 'Are you talking about your...?' 'Yes, I AM talking about Rona, my flatmate. Can you believe it? She didn't even bother to hang her clothes up properly, but left them lying on the floor, let alone the piles of books and papers scattered all around the house and half-finished cups of coffee left on the table. She is always doing this and I feel I've had enough.'

'I know what you mean. Not that I'm perfectly tidy myself or something, but it gets to me (= it makes me angry) when people just have no respect for those who they live with.' 'And there is one more thing that actually drove me mad (= annoyed me) yesterday. Although I avoid doing it, I had lent Rona one of my books that she was desperate to read. So yesterday she hands me the book back, all happy, I flick through the book and what do I see? My book with ten or so pages dog-eared (= with their page corners damaged by folding)!!! I felt I could kill her there and then!' 'No wonder the girl gets on your nerves. There is also one person in my office who is a real pain in the neck (= annoying person). Her name is Teresa.' 'What about her?' 'To begin with, she keeps using the office phone for private calls, which doesn't bother me (= doesn't annoy me) that much, but the thing is that we all have to listen to her quite intimate conversations with her boyfriend.' 'It's just appalling (= awful)!' 'It IS. And then she will go on (= talk so much that people become annoyed or bored) about her personal problems and make us listen about people we do not have the slightest wish to know. It really bugs (= irritates) me.' 'I just can't understand how thoughtless and carefree people can be.' 'But I guess we are not ideal, either. I wonder which behaviour of mine could be someone's pet peeve (= a kind of behaviour you hate)?'

More contexts for the new words:

I thought I might go out with them, but I can't be bothered. (= used for saying that you feel lazy or it is too much effort and that's why you will not do it) My Mum keeps bugging me to get married and settle down. (= continue asking someone to do something in a way that annoys them)


EXERCISE 1

Write words and expressions next to their definitions.

  1. ……………………………….. = a kind of behaviour you hate

  2. ……………………………….. = an annoying person

  3. ……………………………….. = awful

  4. ……………………………….. = not to mention

  5. ……………………………….. = to talk a lot about sth

  6. ……………………………….. = with folded corners


EXERCISE 2

Answer the questions.

  1. What kind of behavior really bugs you?

  2. Why?Which one of your friends is a real pain in the neck? Why?

  3. Do dog-eared books bother you? Why / why not?


KEY

Ex.1

  1. a pet peeve

  2. a pain in the neck

  3. appalling

  4. let alone

  5. to go on about sth

  6. dog-eared

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