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BETE (bet)

Bete: French for beast

Bete Noire: Something particularly disliked, as a pet peeve

Common clues: _____ noire; Brest beast; Animal in Arles; Beast, in Bordeaux

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A pet peeve (or pet hate) is a minor annoyance that can instill extreme frustration in an individual. Typically each person has several pet peeves that aggravate him more than the average person. Another person may not react as negatively or at all to the same circumstance.

Road Rage itself is considered a pet peeve by many.

Pet peeves are typically of common occurrences and a person may encounter his pet peeve very often. Pet peeves involve complaints about specific behaviors, rather than general complaining. Pet peeves often involve specific behaviors of someone close such as a spouse or significant other. These behaviors may include those of disrespect, those involving manners, personal hygiene, relationships, and family issues. An example of a pet peeve involving disrespect is someone not using his turn signal while driving; while some drivers feel frustrated when another driver does not use his turn signal, other drivers do not care very much, or consider something else, such as cell phone usage while driving more annoying. Many pet peeves associated with driving can result in road rage, where the person who feels peeved seeks some sort of retribution for the action.

Often a pet peeve will seem illogical to others. For example a supervisor may have a pet peeve about people leaving the lid on the copier up and react angrily, be annoyed when others interrupt when speaking, or by messy desks of their subordinates. That same supervisor may witness employees coming into work late, and not feel any annoyance whatsoever.

This article is licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License. It uses material from the Wikipedia article "Pet Peeve".  

BETE (69) 36 We >1 08 ___ noire

4 Th >1 08 "La Belle et la ___"

4 Th LAT 05 Brest beast

08 ___-noire (bugbear)

2 Fr NYT 02 Belle's counterpart

2 Sa NYT 05 Jean Renoir film "La ___ Humaine"

2 We CSy 06 ___ noire (fearsome entity)

09 ___-noire

1 Th NYT 94 "La Belle et la ___" (Cocteau film)

1 Th LAT 08 "La Belle et la ___": 1946 film

1 Th CHE 08 'La Belle et la ___' (Cocteau film)

1 Sa NYT 05 Animal, in Arles

1 Th WaP 00 Beast of Biarritz

1 Mo LAT 09 Beast, in Bordeaux

1 We Tau 06 Beauty's foil, en français

1 Fr CSy 09 Belle's amour

1 Fr NYT 99 Belle's companion

1 Th NYT 96 Belle's partner in film

00 Bourges beast

05 Cocteau's "La Belle et la ___"

87 Crecy critter

1 Sa NYS 04 Phi ___ (honor society member)

02 ___ noire (bugbear)

1 Th Rea 00 ___ noire (fearsome thing)

1 Th WSJ 02 ___ noire (pet peeve)