"But people sticking with Obama is my _pet pea_." [NP]

Damien Hall damien.hall at NEWCASTLE.AC.UK
Thu Nov 22 11:19:10 UTC 2012

'Peeved' and 'peevish' duly noted. But I still bet you wouldn't find many young people who knew what they meant or used them - or, if they did use them (for example with the 'ill' meaning, if it's a local identity-marker), any young people who connected that meaning with the phrase we were originally discussing, 'pet peeve'.



Damien Hall

Newcastle University (UK / Royaume-Uni)

The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org

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