I must be feeling very Andy Rooney today...something above this week's Friday Five really resonated...
Grammatical pet peeve: Incorrect use of apostrophes in possessive words, and the use of apostrophes to form plurals:
the three little kitten's mittens were lost.
Farm Fresh Egg's For Sale
Household pet peeve: Finding tiny bits of food on silverware or cookware after you've washed, rinsed and drained them, necessitating my washing the items all over again.
Arts & Entertainment pet peeve: This is a true tie between:
1. Period films and television shows with sloppy anachronisms in them -- say, a television show supposedly set in the 1950s, but with the characters wearing 21st century hair and using 21st century slang and concerning themselves with 21st century concerns. I start knocking off screenwriter and director IQ points when I notice this.
2. Inaccurate portrayals of religion in film and television. I remember one episode of Law and Order where the villain of the day was a big-haired, right-wing Jerry-Falwell-esque Lutheran televangelist/graduate of a Lutheran "Bible college." The whole episode was so absurd that I felt compelled to e-mail the show and suggest to the writers that, the next time they need to add religious "color" to a character, they do more research than closing their eyes and taking a finger stab in the Big Dictionary of Denominations.
Liturgical pet peeve: Lectors who have obviously not laid eyes upon the texts of the day before getting behind the lectern. Close runner-up: Acolytes who dress like they're auditioning for Survivor: Red Light District.
Wild card--pet peeve that doesn't fit any of the above categories: Automatic antivirus downloads, which slow down my already treacly dialup connection to near uselessness. I hate this.