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#MicroblogMondays 76: Chickpea Rage

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My current biggest non-dangerous pet peeve (to differentiate the annoying from the dangerous, such as texting and driving) is people who call something hummus that doesn’t have chickpeas.

The word “hummus” means chickpea.  How can you have hummus without chickpeas?  That’s like saying this is a delicious coffee made with tea.  It isn’t coffee then; it’s tea.  And hummus without chickpeas is some other bean spread.

This ire isn’t even aimed at people who put stuff in their hummus.  I mean, I personally won’t eat bizarro hummus with ingredients beyond tehini and garlic, but if people want to use chickpeas as a base and add stuff to it, go ahead.  But I just read yet another site that said, “No chickpeas, no problem!  Try this delicious hummus made with edamame.”


Got that out of my system.  So what is your annoying (non-dangerous) pet peeve?


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1 No Baby Ruth { 02.08.16 at 5:51 am }

Haha! Ha! This made me laugh out loud because with the Whole30, not-hummus-hummus is kind of a thing. Cauliflower, zucchini, eggplant: people are mashing them all up with tahini and calling it hummus! But you’re right, of course it’s not hummus. But is IS good.

I hate it when people don’t walk in a straight line on the sidewalk, but instead weave back and forth (and not drunk people, mind you, because I can kind of forgive them, but people just walking along, often texting…). I might be in a hurry and want to go around them, but just as I do, they also swerve off to the side. Drives me mad.

2 One and Done? { 02.08.16 at 5:53 am }

Here’s a social media pet peeve – if I post something about my kid don’t make it about YOUR kid. E.g. “Here’s my kid in the snow!” which leads to comments from other moms talking about how much their kid was loving the snow. A lot of my sharing on Facebook is really for family members that are not around to see my kid so I am not even fishing for a “She’s so cute!” or whatever. It’s just me sharing what my kid is up to because she grows so darn fast and I want family to feel like they are a part of it.

3 md { 02.08.16 at 6:04 am }

haha, that’s funny. obviously not for you mel, sorry! i am in too good a mood right now to think of my pet peeve, but i am sure i must have several.. may come back later!

4 Persnickety { 02.08.16 at 6:50 am }

Why would someone mash up edamame when it is so fun to pop it out of the pod?!
I have harboured low and ongoing resentment over carob being used instead of chocolate since my childhood. Carob is not “more natural” than cocoa.
My pet peeve is people who don’t take the bother or effort to thing critically. If someone doesn’t know something, or doesn’t understand, I don’t have a problem. But I struggle with people who I feel are deliberately not bothering to understand.

5 Middle Girl { 02.08.16 at 7:50 am }

hehehehe… there are many but I’ll settle with, folks who warp definitions (and verses, quotes etc.) to fit whatever their agenda might be at any given moment. Either they don’t know or don’t care. Either way, unacceptable. Which, I guess is not that different from folks calling non-chickpea concoctions, hummus.

Why would someone mash up edamame when it is so fun to pop it out of the pod? LOL Why indeed?!

6 Lavonne @ *Our Wish* { 02.08.16 at 8:13 am }

My absolute worst pet peeve is hearing people chew. It’s enough to turn me into a big giant green hulk and start destroying buildings.

7 Catwoman73 { 02.08.16 at 8:24 am }

Vague posting on Facebook, people who don’t flush the toilet, leaving dirty laundry on the floor, people staring at their stupid phones when I’m trying to talk to them, people who drive EXACTLY the speed limit, when the remote controls lined up on our coffee table are crooked, the unfolded blankets sitting on our couch at the moment, people who let their dogs jump right in front of me when I’m out running, chewing noises… I guess I should stop now. Obviously, lots of little things irritate me. That’s why they invented wine. ๐Ÿ™‚

8 Parul { 02.08.16 at 8:26 am }

Ha ha! I get you.
I have had hummus once so I need to really have it again more times to really comment on the food but these little things irk us all ๐Ÿ˜›

9 Betty M { 02.08.16 at 8:31 am }

The only essential ingredient in hummus is chickpeas. No chickpeas and it just isn’t hummus. I’m with you on that peeve.

My pet peeve is people who send whole team/ office emails asking questions that could be answered by 1 minute’s effort on Google.

10 Working mom of 2 { 02.08.16 at 10:11 pm }

Worse: replies to all to say “thanks” etc.

Worst: organization of several thousand people sent an email, and people decide to reply all to ask a question. Then other people keep replying all to ask people to stop replying all or vent their frustration about other people replying all…

11 Lori Shandle-Fox { 02.08.16 at 9:29 am }

You remind me of Sheldon on the Big Bang Theory talking about chili not having beans. They tell him: “Try this chili” and when he finds out it has beans. They insist it’s chili & he insists it’s not. When he finally tries it, he says: “This is good… whatever it is.” I have pet peeves about obviously lousy grammar & spelling… especially on TV news & other places where there should be people checking & double checking. “I had gave him the book…” AAAAAAAAAAAAAH!

12 SRB { 02.08.16 at 10:21 am }

Really? Non-hummus humms? Is the word DIP too taboo these days because ZOMG fat and calories???? Good grief.

My pet peeve is lateness, coupled with everyone seemingly accepting lateness because everyone is always late. To everything. All the time. I can think of few things more insidiously disrespectful.

13 Isabelle { 02.08.16 at 10:54 am }

My husband said that “hummus” without chickpea is just chutney.

My one pet peeve right now is reading a blog post that has no apostrophes for words like “she’s”, “don’t”, “can’t”. It just hurts my eyes. I know that people write from their phones so it’s harder to go find that apostrophe… but still…..

14 Ana { 02.08.16 at 11:35 am }

hahaha! I always figured it was the tahini that made it “hummus”. I had a friend make a a really weird “hummus” that was just chickpeas blended up with some olive oil oil (no tahini) and it was gross.
we used to make “hummus” for the kids with chickpeas + green peas and tahini. They basically call any dip like stuff “hummus” these days and I let it go because it gets them to eat it.
Pet peeves, hmmm…I’m already cranky so I’ll stay away from that line of thought, but I’ve got a page full.

15 loribeth { 02.08.16 at 11:41 am }

I am with Isabelle and Lori Shandle-Fox, above. I am running across more & more atrocious spelling, grammar & usage errors — and not just in Facebook posts, on TV news networks & in newspapers and magazines where you would hope the standards would be higher… :p DRIVES ME NUTS. :p :p :p

16 Vaibhav Gupta { 02.08.16 at 11:44 am }

People who chew with their mouth open, making squelching sounds. I hate it so much. I want to punch them in the mouth.

Interesting stand on hummus. Do you have a similar stance on pesto? Like pesto MUST be with pine nuts, basil, garlic and parmesan?

17 Priya { 02.08.16 at 12:41 pm }

True! I’m with you on that.
Linking up here for the first time and hope to be around often ๐Ÿ™‚

18 Shannon { 02.08.16 at 1:44 pm }

My biggest non-dangerous pet peeve would be people who sneak food from other people’s plates. It’s as though they feel entitled to the world’s food just because they’re hungry. As you can tell, it drives me insane.

P.S – Love linking up to #MicroblogMondays. Always has something fun to read. Thanks Mel ๐Ÿ™‚

19 Traci York { 02.08.16 at 2:07 pm }

LOL! I didn’t know there was such a thing as non-chickpea hummus, and I agree – brain hurty.

Hmmm, just one pet peeve? I’d have to say people who share things on social media that sound too good to be true. Why is it so common to shut off your common sense when posting? I mean, seriously – you think a bazillionaire would really pass out big bucks to people just for hitting the “share” button? *sigh*

20 Katherine A { 02.08.16 at 2:56 pm }

I did not realize that “hummus” actually means chickpea. Interesting. I can see how hijacking a word to refer to something that bears no relation to the actual meaning of the word could get irritating.

My personal pet peeve? Anatomical/medical mistakes on TV shows.

21 Carol P { 02.08.16 at 3:41 pm }

For some reason, it always annoys me when I’m given a menu listing so-called martinis that are really just fruity drinks in giant glasses.

22 Wendy English { 02.08.16 at 4:29 pm }

I have not come across the non-hummus type of hummus yet. Interesting. I am the only one who really likes it at my house so I guess I have not gotten adventurous with my hummus selections. Obviously it’s only hummus if it has chick peas …
My non-dangerous pet peeve of the moment is the family members who do not change the roll of toilet paper. I need that sign that I’ve seen in friends powder rooms “Changing the toilet paper roll does not cause brain damage.”

23 Jess { 02.08.16 at 10:02 pm }

Oh, that is strange. Like “white bean hummus.” NO, it’s white bean DIP. Or SPREAD. But not hummus, because doesn’t hummus have to, by definition, include chickpeas? A chickpea tip — I read an article that said that the reason why most homemade and store-bought hummus isn’t as rich and creamy as restaurant hummus is because you have to remove the skins. Which is an incredibly compulsive and time-consuming thing to do, but strangely satisfying, slipping those little skins right off in the colander. And it does make a difference in whatever you put your chickpeas in… ๐Ÿ™‚

My pet peeve? Loud chewing. For some reason, the older I get the more filled with the fury I am when people are loud, smacky chewers. Or when our house is so godawful silent that I can hear all the food just swishing around chomp chomping in Bryce’s mouth. I need music on, and at times I will lose it and scream, “PUT THE FREAKING MUSIC ON! ARRRGGGHHH THE CHEWING THE AWFUL HIDEOUS CHEWING!” It’s kind of a problem.

24 Working mom of 2 { 02.08.16 at 10:14 pm }


25 Working mom of 2 { 02.08.16 at 11:44 pm }

Also, it’s when it should be its and probably my biggest punctuation pet peeve: apostrophes in plurals, e.g. DVD’s. A while back I found this comic that was entitled something like “no apostrophe in plurals, stupid!” or something like that. Can’t find it right now. I’ve actually seen docs from HR with this mistake. Scary.

26 Working mom of 2 { 02.09.16 at 1:29 am }
27 Jessie Francis { 02.09.16 at 12:22 am }

Waiting for the next book in a series to come out. Hands down, that’s my biggest pet peeve, to the point where I refused to start reading Harry Potter until Deathly Hallows was readily available.

28 Amber { 02.09.16 at 12:55 am }

hahaha! You are funny and I love it ๐Ÿ™‚

My biggest pet peeve is people who don’t pick up after their dogs. There is nothing worse than having to dodge dog poop on the sidewalk when out for a run /walk. Or having your kid step in dog poop, or better yet, try to eat it while playing at the park! The city even provides poop bags at the parks!!! They are right there people! It kills me that people can be such irresponsible dog owners.

29 Stephanie (Travelcraft Journal) { 02.09.16 at 1:29 am }

In a moment of hunger-induced weakness last week, I got a snack at Starbucks that included edamame hummus. It was not hummus-like. Or good. It was a mistake.

30 Jamie { 02.09.16 at 4:26 am }

Maybe “hummus” is the new “ketchup?” There used to be at least 57 varieties. However, it does seem really annoying.

Pet peeve: A person biting their fork when they eat. Metal on teeth, especially a long scraping is like nails on a chalkboard for me. I could actually tolerate nails on a chalkboard better than biting a fork.

31 Kasey { 02.09.16 at 10:52 am }

Wouldn’t it then just be “dip”?
Mine is people who hog the pole on the subway. Poles are meant for multiple people to hold on to. Not for you to lean on.

32 Lori Lavender Luz { 02.09.16 at 10:53 am }

I like precision with words, so now I’m also claiming the non-chickpea hummus annoyance.

Pet peeve: bad parking jobs.

33 Stacy (Texzonagal) { 02.09.16 at 11:12 am }

Why is it when someone asks me a question, I can’t think of how to answer? I can’t think of a pet peeve right now. Yes, the chewing bugs me, my kids do it all the time, but I think it bothers my oldest more than anyone in the house. Right now looking at my living room, i’m going to go with that when people get off the couch they don’t fix the pillows. Why am I always fixing pillows when I shouldn’t be. It takes up so much energy. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Love hummus. That is weird. I’ve never questioned what exactly was in hummus, just tried it and loved it. Red pepper hummus is my fave.

34 Cristy { 02.10.16 at 1:54 pm }

Wait, how is that even possible? Hummus is ground chickpeas. Anything else is puree. No in between, no substitutions.

Which brings me to one that has been scratching my head: pumpkin hummus.

My biggest pet peeve is people leaving their signals on while driving. For miles on end. It doesn’t help that I know there’s a clicking going on inside their car combined with a flashing light on their dashboard. None of that seems to matter as these people drive around cluelessly confusing everyone around them. My ultimate favorite was the guy who left on his left blinker, then decided he needed to make a right hand turn from the left hand lane. Ugh.

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