There’s a silent universal nod for what things people commonly find irritating. Like, when someone’s loudly gobbling a mouthful, or picking their teeth with bare hands (worse, braces!), or when a person in front of you is biting their nails like they were some salty caramel popcorn. Apologies for ruining whatever it is that you were eating.

But people are so much more complex than that. You see, among the universally annoying and “no, we won’t be friends after that” list stands a bunch of very subtle little things that for many mortal ones, like you and me, don’t even raise an eyebrow, but for others, provoke a full-on breakdown.

So let’s dive deep into the sea of stuff people find annoying, although often totally irrational.

#1

Specific-Annoying-Things When the TV show you're watching goes to an ad and the volume goes from reasonable to incredibly loud without having changed the volume.

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Katy
Community Member
1 month ago

This really should be illegal

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#2

Specific-Annoying-Things Having to watch movies with your thumb on the volume buttons on the remote - have to turn it up to hear talking, then its immediately too loud for action sequences and wakes up the kids. Movie night ends before it even starts.

Same applies to TV shows when the commercials are louder than the show you're watching.

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Bella, Your Kitty-Loving Queen
Community Member
1 month ago

This must be no. 1.

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#3

Specific-Annoying-Things People who step closer to you when you step away from them. You were violating my personal space, and I’m trying to fix that. Come on.

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Marc
Community Member
1 month ago

I volunteer as treasurer at a museum. There are mainly older helpers there. One of the older ladies really has no tolerance for personal space. She gets really close, gropes you, and lacks any kind of personal space. Interestingly, she is a former social worker and should know how problematic this can be for people. I don't like it at all when someone comes so close to me without being asked. Especially and particularly in Corona times.

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#4

Specific-Annoying-Things Chargers/adapters that take up more than one power slot

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James016
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1 month ago

It's really piss poor design.

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#5

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

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James016
Community Member
1 month ago

What is worse is when you want to change lane, there is a big enough gap, you indicate and the driver behind steps on it to close the gap.

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#6

Specific-Annoying-Things People that pee on the seat and don't wipe their f**king piss off the seat

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Robert T
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1 month ago

"If you sprinkle when you tinkle, be neat and wipe the seat"

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#7

Specific-Annoying-Things A sleeve that rolls down your arm when washing your hands/doing dishes.

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Marc
Community Member
1 month ago

Every single time! It's like gravitation laughing at you!

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#8

Specific-Annoying-Things unrecognized item in bagging area

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Steve Barnett
Community Member
1 month ago

I'd be more entertained if it was 'You f#cked up, start again. Idiot'

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#9

Specific-Annoying-Things misuse of their, there and they're

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River Webb
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1 month ago

the people who do this really need to work on there spelling and grammar😒

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#10

Specific-Annoying-Things When People don't say please and thank you. Probably one of my biggest pet peeves. Just shows how little they think about others.

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Brian Bennett
Community Member
1 month ago

If they don't I usually say you're welcome.

BensMom
Community Member
1 month ago

Aunt Messy, don’t generalize an entire population. I always am polite to others, and * GASP* I am American. Thanks for listening.

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Gossameringue
Community Member
1 month ago

I always hate it when the person in line says something like, "Gimme a large coffee..." without even greeting or asking. Entitled weasels

Tracy Costa
Community Member
1 month ago

My preschooler says please and thank you unprompted. We taught him by modeling it and I have to admit, it was difficult to say it consistently. Usually we just use a polite tone.

Spikey Bunny
Community Member
1 month ago

I did the same with my kids. It was not difficult and people were always impressed by their manners compared to other kids. Best advice I ever had regarding parenting!

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Alex Marquina
Community Member
1 month ago

I also say "please", "thank you", "you're welcome", etc. every time, but it's mostly an automatic reflex at this point than a sincere sentiment. Whenever someone goes out of their way to help me, and I want to express genuine gratitude, saying "thank you" is inadequate. For me these phrases are more social norms than emotive communication.

lara
Community Member
1 month ago

I ALWAYS say please and thank you, there is not one time I fail to do it. Even my husband complimented me on it when he asked me if I wanted a soda. And I said please, thank you. He said I was the only person who always replied with please and thank you.

Suzanne Haigh
Community Member
1 month ago

Sometimes people just forget, have other things on their minds. This can happen to the politest people.

Maria Schneider
Community Member
1 month ago

if someone doesn't say thank you, I ask what the person just said. And when they say "nothing", I say "oh, I thought you had said thank you"

Analyn Lahr
Community Member
1 month ago

There are those with anxiety who are afraid to say anything. Then there are those with selective mutism who can't. A nod might just be saying thank you.

Debbie Convery
Community Member
1 month ago

My son, at the height of his anxiety, would nod a "Thank you" because talking was just too stressful.

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Bored Dog
Community Member
1 month ago

at chick-fil-a the waiter didn't say anything after my dad said thank you. so now after they take our order he says my pleasure lol

Sunflowercray
Community Member
4 weeks ago

Yes!!! I can't stand that. Especially when it's a kid & the parent is right there with a regular look on they're face like it's normal for the child to demand & receive with no f-big mannaers!

Sunflowercray
Community Member
4 weeks ago

*f-ing not f big. Lol. Wtf?!?

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Just Carmen
Community Member
1 month ago

I always try to say please and thank you to service people. It's respectful.

Isa Trip
Community Member
1 month ago

i hate this! i feel like they just feel self entitled when i open the door for them or do something polite to help. Girllll i should not have opened the door for you! rude!

Bebe
Community Member
1 month ago

Or do not start an email with a hello.. just how do you do this or that, like please atleast take the effort to be warm before asking for help..

Sai Kiran
Community Member
1 month ago

it differs from culture to culture. Your Way of doing things may not suit all over the world

JesT
Community Member
1 month ago

And may I.

Lu
Community Member
1 month ago

Yes it’s polite and appreciated. The flip side is also don’t be so entitled that you think you deserve niceties all the time. Not everyone is nice or polite 24/7 and that’s okay.

Suzy the observer
Community Member
1 month ago

Some people are just so inside their own heads, they forget. Others find social interaction very difficult. Let it go.

iblowsheep
Community Member
1 month ago

what abut people not deserving of it but think it should be mandatory?

AdoptALLtheKitties
Community Member
1 month ago

Or you say,"Thank you", and the other person says, "Yeah". At least it is an acknowledgement but is saying," You're welcome.". The basic constructs that makes a society civil. It's important to note that each culture is different such as in some Native American tribes it's considered rude to look an elder in the eyes.

Thay
Community Member
1 month ago

Dont go bagging on all of them though. Some people may be a little timid and anxious being out and about

mcborge1
Community Member
1 month ago

This annoys me too.

Erjenn Rejano
Community Member
1 month ago

Totally agree

Benjamin Thor Collier V
Community Member
1 month ago

Parents.

Ahimsa Soul
Community Member
1 month ago

Oooh I get this!

Lev Pertsov
Community Member
1 month ago

I hate people who say you are welcome even if I didn't say thank you. Get over yourself.

Carol Emory
Community Member
1 month ago

Depends on where you are at. There are some cultures where saying please and thank you is considered rude because it is considered one person is trying to dominate the other or trying to make the other person submissive. I know in some African tribes, it's also considered rude because people are expected to share everything with the rest of the group and you will actually be harshly criticized if you provide a lot to keep you from being too boastful or arrogant.

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#11

Specific-Annoying-Things Chewing with your mouth open

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Marc
Community Member
1 month ago

As someone with misophonia, this is one of the worst triggers for me. I already can't stand it when someone chews loudly with their mouth closed. However, I usually manage to ignore that. But when someone chews with their mouth open, I become the hulk. Apart from the fact that it is simply bad behavior. I don't want to know what your chewed food looks like. I also can't stand it when someone eats behind me, especially something "loud". For example, when the kids are eating cookies behind me in the car.... I really have to pull myself together.

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#12

Specific-Annoying-Things People who don't signal when they're switching lanes. Are you really that lazy?

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Ms.M.
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1 month ago

I have a serious pet peeve about people who don't use turn signals, period.

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#13

Specific-Annoying-Things People who walk side by side slow as s**t down the aisle in the store. They’re juuuust far enough apart that you can’t squeeze by them, and at least around my parts, when you say excuse me they just ignore you.

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Roland
Community Member
1 month ago

Well. Yes. But I am an asshole when it goes to shopping. I move their cart simply away. And an excuse me just one second before crash. I figured people don't learn from nice. They learn from bad experiences

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#14

Specific-Annoying-Things Not changing empty toilet paper rolls.

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Gustavo Vanni
Community Member
1 month ago

Right?! Is it so difficult?!

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#15

Specific-Annoying-Things 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.

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JennyLaRue
Community Member
1 month ago (edited)

I've never understood the need to spit. Sure if you've got a cold and you do it discreetly, but just walking around in normal life, I've just never thought 'oh no, I've got too much saliva, best gob it onto the ground right now'

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#16

Specific-Annoying-Things Open floor plan offices. I need some peace and quiet when I work. Plus Dave slurping his coffee.

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Francis
Community Member
1 month ago

goddamnit Dave!

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#17

Specific-Annoying-Things My husband watching his phone during a show and asking me what happened constantly. If you want to know, put your damn phone down!

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Brian Bennett
Community Member
1 month ago

MY hubby wants to converse when I'm watching something. I usually play deaf and he goes away.

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#18

Specific-Annoying-Things This just happened to me. When people respond to your email and spell your name wrong, despite the fact that both my email and the contact associated with my email both have my name spelled correctly, not to mention I signed my name at the end of the email.

I responded by thanking him and misspelling his name.

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Vasana Phong
Community Member
1 month ago

Had my new soon to supervisor email me to ask me what’s my email address again?

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#19

Specific-Annoying-Things mosquito

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Yeah, you heard
Community Member
1 month ago

Just the one?

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#20

Specific-Annoying-Things When people always try to one up you In a conversation.

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Lauren Caswell
Community Member
1 month ago

Not as bad as people who try to two up you. Once I met superman and I three upped him he was very sad. I am humble. Only smart people will get this. I think that's enough now before y'all throw tomatoes at me ^-^

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#21

Specific-Annoying-Things Delayed subtitles

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Marc
Community Member
1 month ago

Or asynchronous audio tracks in movies. I get nervous right away.

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#22

Specific-Annoying-Things Really subtle buzzing from lights in classrooms and gymnasiums. I swear to god that s**t is so annoying I’d rather learn in the dark.

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troufaki13
Community Member
1 month ago

And the tick tock from wall clocks

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#23

Specific-Annoying-Things When your pant pocket/earbud wire gets caught on the doorknob and pulls u back

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J Adams
Community Member
1 month ago

Try having it happen with the tubing from an insulin pump!....That huuuuuuuurrttts!!!

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#24

Specific-Annoying-Things Whenever I touch something that feels greasy or oily. Like a utensil, doorknob, or even a tube of tooth paste. Makes me cringe. Wash your nasty ass hands.

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Iapetos
Community Member
1 month ago

Greasy and oily? What about sticky and full of sand?

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#25

Specific-Annoying-Things When people take their phone calls right next to you. My coworker is doing it right now on our lunch break as i write this.

Extra sh*tty points if they use the speaker phone option forcing you to be part of their conversation.

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Jack Evans
Community Member
1 month ago

If they use the speaker, I assume it’s because they want me to join in. And I do.

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#26

Forgetting that 1 thing from going shopping

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Susan Green
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1 month ago

Oh always. You come home with a ton of stuff you didn’t really need though.

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#27

The noise dogs make when they lick themselves

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Roland
Community Member
1 month ago

Also cats doing it.. But my cat stops immediately when I make slurping sound during he is licking 🤣🤣🤣and stares at me in confusion

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#28

Specific-Annoying-Things Pessimism at work. None of us wanna be here. Shut up and do your work so we can go home.

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Daria B
Community Member
1 month ago (edited)

It really depends how you define pessimism. If it's the good old sarcastic jokes, they help you cope with this situation you don't want to be in. Also, when there's a problem, it needs to be addressed. I dislike constant meaningless complaints too, but the "just shut up and work" is a bit of an unhealthy and kinda dangerous attitude. Meanwhile, forced optimism is annoying too. It feels insensitive.

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#29

when you're listening to music and people keep trying to talk to you. If I have both my ear pieces in, I don't want to f**king talk to you.

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JennyLaRue
Community Member
1 month ago

I was once on a long-haul flight and had briefly chatted to the girl a few seats away as it turned out we were going to the same place. Every time I turned around it seemed she was talking at me, but I had my headphones on, so had missed it all.

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#30

Specific-Annoying-Things When you're trying to tell something to someone or a group of people and something interrupts you, then you forget what you meant to say

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Katie Fink
Community Member
1 month ago

And then they say, "if it was important, you'll remember it". Like b!tch! What I have to say is just as important as what you interrupted to say! Unless it was an emergency in which case let's go deal

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#31

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

Hearing someone chew.

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Bowtechie
Community Member
1 month ago

It's one thing when people use improper grammar while speaking or informal communication like texting- I don't mind it, it's usually cultural - but I can't abide it in formal or professional writing/correspondence. There was an article a while back in the US about a group of college students trying to get their professor fired on the grounds that he was racist for correcting and knocking off points for improper grammar in their papers. It still gets me to this day, because you know what the real kicker was? THEY WERE JOURNALISM MAJORS.

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#32

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

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Francis
Community Member
1 month ago

thanks.. now i will focus on this while eating with my partner or friends... :(

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#33

Never getting the USB cable plugged in correctly on the first two tries.

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Monday
Community Member
1 month ago

and next time you go to plug it in you flip it around, look carefully and then proceed to plug it in the correct way....only for you to STILL do it wrong.

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#34

When someone’s headlights are like high beams...

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Robert T
Community Member
1 month ago

I'd dearly like to outlaw LED and HID headlights. I drive a low car and it's like having the sun staring you in the face - either in front or reflected in all three mirrors from behind. They are supposed to be self levelling, but this never seems to work and they just blind the sh*t out other road users.

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#35

Dropping something a second or third time.

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Robert T
Community Member
1 month ago

Sometimes gravity gets the better of me.

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#36

Specific-Annoying-Things Being able to hear someone’s TV muffled through the wall. It drives me MENTAL.

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Tim Pillinger
Community Member
1 month ago

IMO this is a problem with housebuilder. My 1950s council house is almost completely soundproof. That or the neighbours children are freakishly calm indoors compared to outdoors.

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#37

The last specific thing I remember getting real pissed about was ghost flights.

At the beginning of the pandemic, flights were running without passengers because if they just stayed on the ground they would lose government subsidies. So they flew around without any passengers wasting insane amounts of jet fuel for government benefits.

F**king insanity...

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WilvanderHeijden
Community Member
1 month ago

You have to ask yourself who is the insane party here, the government or the airline? If you could get $15 million by spending $ 500 000 on kerosine you would burn that kerosine too.

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#38

I could care less

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Monday
Community Member
1 month ago

in the words of the wise Weird Al: That means you do care at least a little.

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#39

Improper grammar. Mainly from the kids who sat through English class complaining that they “speak the language so there is no need to study it”.

This was also before social media so it wasn’t noticed as much. But once Facebook hit... the horror.

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Vorknkx
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1 month ago

But when you try to correct someone, you get ridiculed for being a "Grammar Nazi."

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#40

Specific-Annoying-Things During May, I had 3 guys hit on me hard through the online games. They know nothing about my personality, didn't bother to ask, but just kept wanting pictures and personal information and trying to insert themselves into whatever I'm doing.

One of them would not stop pushing his sexuality onto me until I blocked him. The other two treat me like a little fragile girl in need of rescuing. Dudes, I'm fine! Stop! It's such a waste of time and I'm practising being less polite and passive about it.

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AzKhaleesi
Community Member
1 month ago

I hate this too. I play a poker game on my VR and omg, dudes will come out of nowhere and try to talk to you. If you wanna talk like a normal human, cool. But please don't flirt and be stupid, I'm not there for a cyber date. I'm there to take your money lol (fake money not played for real money)

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#41

People who go 10 under the speed limit in the fast lane. Seriously move over

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James016
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1 month ago

In the UK technically there is no fast lane, it is the lane and one or two overtaking lanes, everyone is meant to drive in the left lane and only use the others for overtaking only. But it doesn't work like that in practise

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#42

When I’m stretched out to my max capacity to reach an item and it’s still JUST out of reach

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Daria B
Community Member
1 month ago

OR! You end up accidentally pushing it even further.

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#43

When an old lady comes on the bus, nobody offers their seat. I will give up my seat when she comes near me but I'm not going to yell across the bus to get her attention.

Young people (16 year olds) who stand near the entrance of the bus to the point where I have to force my way through to get off the bus. Somehow their idiot faces tell me they still don't think they are in the way.

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Ren Karlej
Community Member
1 month ago

I gave up my seat for someone with crutches once when I had a broken arm. Scores of healthy-looking people, surely one of them must have been in a better condition than me. I nabbed it back when the person with crutches got off at another stop and someone new getting on glared at me. FFS - I'm INJURED and was on the flipping bus first.

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#44

Sound of lips smacking while eating. I hate it. Even if they're quiet, I still just want to explode.

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Erin Snodgrass
Community Member
1 month ago

Same

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#45

When someone mumbles. I'll ask them three or four times what they said and they still mumble. I get so mad

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Helena Houzarová
Community Member
1 month ago

This is one of the things that can make people more irritable as they grow old. They lose hearing gradually, so more and more people "mumble" (while they just talk normally) but because the change is slow and gradual, they don't think it's a hearing loss.

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#46

When people try to win arguments by being louder and dumber. It really makes me want to punch the person. Like if you don't have a valid claim, shut up

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WilvanderHeijden
Community Member
1 month ago

Never argue with an idiot. They will drag you down to their level and beat you with experience. Mark Twain.

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#47

Hearing someone’s music through their earbuds.

Like first of all, I don’t want to hear your music. But because it’s through your earbuds, all I can hear is the beat of the s****y rap song that sounds exactly the same as the previous one.

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Renee Letkiewicz
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1 month ago

Maybe it's a shitty country song...

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#48

wet sock

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Roman Hans
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1 month ago

You know what’s even worse? Wet sock and MOSQUITO.

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#49

Traffic lights that are green on streets with no cars or pedestrians crossing while the other two streets are filling up with cars waiting on a pointless red light.

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Marianne
Community Member
1 month ago

Busy intersections should have intelligent redlights that change according to traffic.

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#50

Professors/teachers who keeps the cursor on videos they show.

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Donkey boi
Community Member
1 month ago

On my media player the cursor becomes a pointing finger. Some times when my wife leaves it on the screen, I'll start to subtly 'Picking noses' of the actors with it.

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