Return of the silly little things that annoy you thread

Really? Wow... Got any examples of this?

Not cookies but J&B seem to be incapable of remembering my date of birth, so keep asking every time, even though I tick the box to remember it.
Wot Ray said! I cannot think of any site that respects your 'reject all except essential' that retains this and does not make you go through the rigmarole again on the next visit.
Can't think of any at the moment but there have been a few websites that I have visited that allowed me to "Reject All" and seem to remember that the next time I visit.
 
Rock/rocking/rocked up. Once a witty play on the expression rolled up (presumably originating from an arrival by wheeled carriage), now an excruciating and literally meaningless cliche. Just stop it.
 
Rock/rocking/rocked up. Once a witty play on the expression rolled up (presumably originating from an arrival by wheeled carriage), now an excruciating and literally meaningless cliche. Just stop it.
This expression originated in Australia and we used to use it a lot when we lived in Adelaide. I don’t have a problem with it. It means to arrive somewhere casually, or airily, usually late, or with little regard to the time. Often to a barbecue for example. Rarely do you rock up somewhere early. Christopher specialises in rocking up to ofllines invariably anything between 30 and 75 minutes late.
 
I had a much loved colleague from Perth who, in her own words, was very much in the habit of rocking up to things. She once waited until the end of a day on the suds watching the play at the Oval before rocking up to a my house for a lunchtime barbecue when everybody else had gone home. She asked for if we had any fish left over, hugged a bay tree in the garden and then took a short nap on the lawn.

She was most concerned the following Monday to check that none of this had ‘given me the shits’, which of course it hadn’t at all. We agreed that it was one of those occasions that was ‘going straight to the pool room’.
 
I'd always thought "rock up" was related to "it rocks", "rock on", or "rock a look" - where "rock" refers to the positive connotations of rock music, and doing something with style.

Thus, it is indirectly related to "rock and roll", but nothing to do with "roll up", which was mainly used to encouage people to gather and buy tickets.

Must admit though, I can only find opinions about this, and little evidence of its origins.
 
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Surely something has got to give eventually with every website requiring you to opt in or out of cookies, some with screen after screen of on/off switches? The real irritation being that they choose not remember your choices, so you have to do it all again if you visit again. All of them have some non-optional cookies that are 'required', so it is entirely possible for them to remember you and your choices between visits, but they choose not to, presumably in the belief that at some point you will submit and just accept them.
One of the worst offenders in terms of not remembering is the Europa Server (Eur-Lex), which I use every day for work purposes.
 
First we had ‘offshoring’ production to lower cost locations, then we had ‘onshoring’, or even worse ‘reshoring’ as the production was brought back home and now after the war broke out and as the world becomes more polarised we have ‘friend shoring’ - ugh! Ghastly!
 
A thing that annoyed me a couple of years ago keeps floating into my mind. I suppose it reflects an immediate assumption on the part of companies that consumers are always after something extra/free when they contact them:

I noticed that the characteristics and quality of Yorkshire Gold tea appeared to have changed and I was genuinely interested in why. I sent an e-mail to Taylors of Harrogate, asking if they had changed suppliers, or if it was something to do with prevailing climactic conditions. I was careful not to appear to be complaining or to ask for anything other than some information. A couple of weeks later, I received a box of teabags through the post, but it was not accompanied by any written information at all and I received no reply to my questions through any other form (or indeed any written response at all). This resulted in me having a lowered opinion of the company than the reverse ("left a bad taste in my mouth", ho ho). I was offended by their assumption of what I was trying to achieve.


Similarly, I had a half-shaft break on a car a while ago too. It was quite an old car but the garage said they had never seen one break like that. I contacted the manufacturer to see if they would like me to drop the failed part in to a dealer purely for their information, indicating that I would be happy to waive all legal rights and simply thought they might like to analyse this apparently unusual failure. The response: "we accept no legal liability". I did write again once only to state very clearly that I understood that, and that I waived any and all legal considerations, and did they want the part to do whatever they liked with, and simply got the same response.

It appears that the representatives of neither company could be bothered to read what I had written.
Similarly, a few years ago the rim of my daughter's batting helmet was hit by a donkey drop and split, scraping her cheek and just missing her eye. I sent the helmet to the maker with an explanation but just got back a message to the effect of "never seen this before" and sent a replacement helmet worth less than the postage I had incurred.
 
Did a detour and popped into a Co-op local store in search of a fresh croissant as reward for a brisk four mile walk.It was now late morning so all the fresh bakery offering had been wiped out. What they did have left was a few.
Gingerbread Persons :mad:
 
Gingerbread Persons :mad:
As in the rhyme "Run, run! Let your speed not worsen!".

But here's another annoyance, which last night's television reminded me of: ridiculously long pauses before announcing results of competitions.

Suspense and excitement is created when you need to wait for something that might actually affect the result, like the last few minutes before the end of a football match for example. Or perhaps even while votes are actually being counted, as in elections. But when the wait involves watching stuffed shirts standing in silence before reading out what is written on their teleprompter/card, it is just boring and irritating.
 
Yes we were commenting on that today. A friend in the presenting world suggested that they had to wait until prompted/ordered to before revealing each vote (assuming you are talking about eurovision, Steve). In some cases it looked like they weren't even given the result until immediately before they read it and, this being eurovision, the capacity for improvisation in a second language was perhaps not surprisingly lacking.
 
Pretty much all results are like that, aren’t they? I thought it’s a rule? The only time I’ve seen a quick result recently was Young Dancer (which was generally a more considered and non lowest common denominator show). Maybe Young Musician is the same?
 
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