My daughter and I were sitting in the kitchen, when I casually threw out the phrase: “rhetorical question” in conversation.
Suddenly, she reacted as if someone had scratched their fingernails down a chalkboard.
With a smile, she admitted that misuse / overuse of the phrase is a current pet peeve of hers! Then, we enjoyed some friendly banter alternated with Google searches for the proper defining of “rhetorical question.”
Can you imagine having that as a pet peeve?*
[ Was that a rhetorical question*? see definition below. ]
I feel that my grievances are slightly more normal, but you may disagree:
- Drips of dirty wet boot slush that stretch across a kitchen floor
- Used dental floss and dental floss picks in places other than the garbage
- Dryer lint left on top of the dryer
- When people say “Aldi’s” instead of “Aldi” (Picky, I know)
- Any song by Neil Diamond
- An unnecessary apostrophe used in a word that happens to have an “S”. (Are you with me on that one, Sara?)
Speaking of literary terms, I experienced something rather ironic last night.
I was writing a health supplement article — late into the night. The article centered around melatonin, the hormone involved with the human sleep cycle. It’s fascinating how melatonin:
- is produced when light decreases in one’s surroundings
- is released by an amazing, intricate system in the body which includes the optic nerve sensing a lack of light and sending proper signals to the brain
- is intertwined with our circadian rhythm of sleep and wakefulness
I will get to the irony, but I must interject here that reading and writing about melatonin and the intricate workings of the human body reminded me that:
My Creator is an unparalleled engineer, masterpiecing to the rhythms and designs He’s planted everywhere in His creation!
Now back to the irony:
I wrote far too late into the early morning hours — disrupting pools of melatonin, I’m sure.
And, after completing the article on sleep, I proceeded to have the worst night of sleep I’ve had in years. Cold toes, unsatisfying pillow placement, hearing mysterious noises — the whole works.
How ironic, eh?*
What’s your pet peeve? Perhaps your list includes: blog posts where people whine about a poor night’s sleep, don’t get to the point, or make lists of unsolicited facts about body chemicals? Or people who scatter dashes and ellipses like grass seed? Care to share?
*rhetorical question: a question asked in order to create a dramatic effect or to make a point rather than to get an answer.