the expression “pet peeve”.
I hate it!!!
What on earth does “peeve” actually mean? It is one of those words that doesn’t actually tell you anything.
The dictionary.com definition says it is a verb, ie “to render peevish“. Oh right, that explains it. NOT.
Or maybe a noun: “to be in a peeve” When have you ever heard anybody use that expression?
“You okay, darling?”
“No, actually I am in a bit of a peeve”. Does that mean you are stuck on 3 across of the Telegraph Crossword or does it mean that dear husband needs to leave the room before being lumped on the chin?
No, the only time I have ever heard somebody use the word peeve is as above, “my pet peeve”.
Why would you refer to something that irritates or annoys you as a “pet”? My pets are things I love, cherish, nurture and want to spend time with. I cannot imagine “a peeve” to be such a thing.
So there you have it. My pet peeve is pet peeve.
The whole thing really peeves me off.