A pet peeve of mine is the term “bro”. Quite often, it is used under the presumption that someone is closer to you than they actually are.
Here’s an example from my ex-workplace:
A new guy joined the company, and he’s pretty anti-social. I mean, we’re not a very large company so it’s really not that big a deal to walk around and say hi to about 10 people in a small office.
For two days, he goes about his business and doesn’t greet anybody – no casual “good morning” greetings or anything like that. On the third day, he comes up to me and goes:
“Hey bro, do you have a charger for Nokia phones?”
What I wanted to do was flip out and yell “I’m not your bro, bro!” After all, we haven’t so much as exchanged casual greetings, and suddenly he thinks he’s my brother from another mother? If he doesn’t know my name, he could’ve easily said “dude” or “hey guy”.
Being the calm, collected and civilized colleague that I am, I just politely said no… and then retold the story countless times during work lunches with other colleagues in this workplace and other workplaces since.
My peeve is really with any term of endearment that is used incorrectly or overly freely… but this specific event has made me focus my displeasure entirely on the term “bro”. I can’t really bring myself to ever call anybody “bro”, not even my biological brother or my BFF.
Surely I’m not the only person to get extremely irked by certain terms like this? What terms of endearment rub you guys the wrong way?