People Explain The Very Specific Things That Annoy Them

What annoys you? Do you run away at the sound of fingernails on a chalkboard; does the sound of someone chewing set your teeth on edge?

If you answered "yes," the good news is you aren't alone. Have a look as people across the internet explain very specific things that annoy them the most.

"A sleeve that rolls down your arm when washing your hands/doing dishes."

Unsplash | Nathan Dumlao

I couldn't agree more with this Reddit user.

Soaking wet sleeves is the absolute worst and so incredibly annoying. And why is it that they only seem to slip as soon as you turn on the tap?

When you just can't find your comfort zone.

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"When you've had your fingers, hands, arms, or body in a certain position for a long time and are really comfy, but then you have to go and move and can never get exactly in the same position." - Reddit u/SchericT

Incredibly loud laptop fans.

There's nothing worse than when you're typing out an important e-mail and all of a sudden the fan on your computer kicks in, making your poor outdated machine sound like the inner circle at the Daytona 500.

"Dropping something a second or third time."


I'm glad to see that I'm not the only one with an extreme case of butterfingers!

What's even worse is when the thing you continually drop over and over again breaks on the third time.

When the volume on the commercial doesn't match up with your TV show.

Unsplash | Dario

Are there actually still people out there with cable? I suppose there must be.

In any case, I can certainly relate. There's nothing worse than having to constantly make volume adjustments every time a show cuts to commercials.

"People who are standing right in front of what you want at the grocery store."

The Law of Attraction states that if I want a bushel of bananas, someone will immediately cut in front of me and grab my bushel of bananas. It's infuriating.

When people are incredibly perky, first thing in the morning.

Unsplash | Alexander Redl

All the power to you if you're a morning person. Just please, don't be in my face at 7:30 AM telling me how you're "living the dream."

Absolutely nobody wants to hear that crap.

Chewing with your mouth open.

Few things set me off more than someone who gives you a front-row seat to watch them chew their food into a fine paste.

Shut your freaking mouth, people! It's disgusting and you should know better.

Are you still watching?

Unsplash | Glenn Carstens-Peters

I'm not ashamed to admit that I like to binge-watch Southern Charm. What I don't appreciate is when after the fifth episode, my Prime Video makes me confirm that I want to keep watching Southern Charm.

Of course, I want to keep watching — stop judging me!

Don't bite your fork!

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"When people eat and they bite down on the fork as they drag it out of their mouths sends shivers down my spine," writes Reddit user Shuraa. "It’s hard to hear but once you notice a person has the habit of doing this, sharing meals become excruciating."

"When people take their phone calls right next to you."

This is absolutely infuriating but what's even worse is people who FaceTime in public.

There is nothing more awkward than having to shift out of the way of someone's camera view while you're riding on a bus.

"Hunny" or "Sweetie". Just NO. I am a grown ass adult."

Unsplash | Priscilla Du Preez

Do you ever notice that the majority of people who call you honey or sweetie are always younger than you are? It's enough to make my skin crawl.

The only person who gets to call me honey is my nana — that's it.

Plugging the iPhone charger into the phone port.

Unsplash | Bagus Hernawan

Why is it that it always takes at least three tries to be able to line these two up? I always fumble to plug in my phone during the middle of the night and am always forced to inevitably get up and turn on the lights.

People who spit.

"People who spit on the ground for no apparent reason. There’s a guy at work who consistently does this and every time I see a spit stain on the ground I automatically know where it comes from." - Reddit u/_Kal-El

"When people say "I seen..." instead of "I saw..."."

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I'm constantly the guy who calls people out for this and I'm not ashamed to admit it.

It's true, correcting someone's grammar is an incredibly annoying habit in and of itself — but sometimes you just can't let an offence go by unnoticed.

The soft buzzing sound from incandescent lightbulbs.

Do you remember how when you were in school, every classroom was lit with those long cylindrical tube-looking lightbulbs? Getting stuck underneath one of those made trying to absorb whatever lesson was being taught nearly impossible.

"Drivers who overtake you on the road, and then slow down once they're in front of you."

Unsplash | Nick Fewings

Yes! Why on earth did you bother passing me in the first place if you were all of a sudden going to grind to a granny halt? Just stay in your lane, buster.

Out of sync traffic lights.

In an ideal traffic system, you want the lights to be synced up with one another so as to create a steady stream of traffic. What you don't want is to constantly be stuck in a gridlock of red light/green light.

“Please wait for attendant.”

Unsplash | Maddi Bazzocco

I swear this happens every single time that I try to use the self-checkout at the grocery store. I always wind up making some silly mistake and have to stand there looking like an idiot until some 15-year-old staff member comes to my rescue.

When people move items in your house around.

Have you ever had a house guest who would rearrange pillows on your bed or try to reorganize your kitchen cupboards while you slept?

Seriously, no? Hmm... I'm going to have to have a talk with my Nana.

People who have incredibly loud ringers on their phones.

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I'm of the mindset where if you don't have your phone set to silent/vibrate at all times — then there's something seriously wrong with you.

And why is it with the people with the loudest ringers can never seem to find their phone when it rings?


If there's one thing COVID has helped re-establish in our society, it's the idea of personal boundaries. I for one am all for it, I can't stand when someone steps into my personal space during a conversation.

"When my earbuds get caught on something and are forcefully and abruptly ripped out of my ears, I see red."

Unsplash | Daniel Romero

Not only that but it hurts, too! I know that this is a perfect argument as to why I should probably buy a pair of AirPods, but I just can't bring myself to do it.