We all have our pet peeves – people who speak with their mouths full, line cutters, switches and, of course, slow-moving tourists to New York, who walk along the sidewalk and want to stop. every five steps to take a picture. (No, just me?)
But have you ever wondered why these little troubles are called “black beasts”? We did some research to find the origin of the sentence.
The term “pet peeve” dates back to the early twentieth century, but its components have a longer history. The word “pet” can mean not only a pet but also something particularly cherished or preferred, as in a “pet project”.
“Pet” dates back to the 16th century when it was mainly used as a noun in the animal sense. Examples of the “most expensive” use appear in the 19th century and there are many examples of “pet” ironically associated with negative concepts such as “hate” and “aversion” (much like the term “pet”).
The British women’s magazine La Belle Assembly, published in an issue of 1833, wrote: “The great aversion of the good general, his hatred for domestic animals, had of course fallen on his nearest opponent, his next neighbor, who. .. had committed the unforgivable crime of making great fortune as a merchant of Russia. Other writings of the 19th-century mention “aversions towards domestic animals” and “aversions towards domestic animals”.
As for the second part of the sentence, a pet peeve is a particular embarrassment. The word appeared more recently in English, with apparently no examples published before the 1900s.
“Peeve” is derived from the much older word “peevish”, which means “querulous” or “easily irritable”. “Peevish” comes from the end of Middle English, with examples appearing as early as the 15th century.
Towards the turn of the twentieth century, the formation of back “hump” appeared on the scene in the form of the verb and the name, and soon after, people began to talk about their “pet peeve”.
Before the arrival of “the pet peeve,” people had “hatred for animals” and “aversion to animals.”
In a 1916 volume published by American Garage and Auto Dealer, some Ford owners found “their” pet peeve “as being the one to start a cold engine.” In 1918 another newspaper published a mail containing the line “Stevenson’s eulogy is so good to have completely forgotten that roughly cut leaves are my little pet peeve.”