An imperfect list of irritants

Colin Clarke is a British sociologist who happens to have a personal blog, and he asked his university class:

"...'What really gets on your tits?' as I rather shockingly asked them (it was meant to come out as 'what really gets on your nerves?' but I think my own nerves got the better of me and I fell back into that horribly familiar Scottish uncouth street-talk I can be prone to..."

There are dozens of responses over at And Before the First Kiss, but here are a few:

  • Global warming
  • Drunk drivers
  • Sectarianism
  • Drugs / addiction / dealers / parents who are addicts
  • Pretentious youth
  • Reality TV / Big Brother
  • Inequality
  • Packed and expensive trains / late busses
  • Dishonesty
  • War in Iraq
  • Selfish pricks
  • Political correctness
  • Racism
  • A fish and chip shop with no chips at lunch time!
  • Smug Scumbags (e.g. Gerry McNee)
  • People who always feel sorry for themselves
  • Really ignorant customers in supermarkets
  • Tesco / Asda
  • The greed of Russian billionaires in football
  • That wee bam at the bus stop
  • A bad pint
  • Advertisements presented as art
  • People who aren't 'down with the kids' but think they are
  • The Pope / The Queen ('in equal measure')
  • Living on the 5th floor with no lift
  • Scientology
  • Roadworks
  • James *unt

Looking through the list, there are a lot of consumer, marketing and advertising activities or behaviours that apparently are "getting on their tits?"

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