This was brought to you in part by Splatz. He so very graciously pointed out interesting items concerning the English language; I thought that I'd share them.
1. The ATM vs. ATM machine.
Damn't, it's just ATM, not automated teller machine machine. Practice with me everyone. "I have to go to the ATM" "I have to go the ATM" "I have to go the ATM". Very good, class!
2. PIN vs. PIN number
PIN stands for Personal Identification Number, so saying PIN number is redundant. It's amazing that this culture that prides itself of efficiency, adds more and more redundant words to the English language. "What's your PIN?" "What's your PIN?"
3. Cheap Bastards who peruse the stores just for free samples.
If you can't afford the product and you're too cheap to buy it, don't tell the person giving you the free samples your life story. That person doesn't give a rat's ass what situation you are currently undergoing. Besides, haven't you ever heard the saying, "Don't look a gift horse in the mouth"? Don't insult that person's intelligence by complaining that you'd never pay those prices, even if they were giving away gifts/prizes/samples. This just demonstrates your blatant idiocy and don't realize the importance of free samples. I'd love to be the Free Sample Nazi-No sample for you two weeks!
If you have any pet peeves that the general masses use, do or say, by all means please share them! Email them to firstname.lastname@example.org, put 'Pet Peeves' in the subject line.