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470 Simon's Pet Peeve
Simon discusses his pet peeve.

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pet peeves

I want to talk about one of my pet peeves.

A 'pet peeve' is something, usually an action, that makes you feel annoyed. Notice the following:

  1. What is your biggest pet peeve?
  2. People chewing with their mouths open is one of his pet peeves.


Sometimes, you just don't like other people's noise, habits, or mannerism.

A person's 'mannerisms' are their habitual actions in certain situations.  Notice the following:

  1. Many of his mannerisms are just like his father's.
  2. He has some very interesting mannerisms.


I hate it when Canadians wear, or embroider, Canadian flags on their backpacks.

When you 'embroider' something, you sew a design on it using different colors of thread. Notice the following:

  1. I bought her a beautiful embroidered bag for her birthday.
  2. My mother loves to make embroidered wall decorations.


I'm a Canadian and I do love my country, but for me, it's just so cheesy to see that on people's things.

Something 'cheesy' is of inferior quality or is used so frequently that it loses meaning or becomes stereotypical or predictable. Notice the following:

  1. Most of the things that he says to attract women are really cheesy.
  2. The ending of the that movie is so cheesy and predictable.


I don't like it when they put Canadian paraphernalia, especially embroidered flags on their backpack.

Used like this, 'paraphernalia' just refers to objects that use Canadian symbols. It can also be used to describe objects that are used for a particular purpose or activity.  Notice the following:

  1. I can't believe all of the musical paraphernalia that you own.
  2. There is always a lot of sports paraphernalia around the house.