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what is the word/phrase for a person who complains a lot?

 
 
miazhou
 
Reply Fri 1 Feb, 2008 01:31 am
in an informal context.
(seems i'm always asking this kind of questions. it's hard to get answers using other ways -- dictionary doesn't work. i find here very helpful).
thanks!
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Tigershark
 
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Reply Fri 1 Feb, 2008 01:53 am
moaner
whinger
cry baby
bleater
groaner
Clary
 
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Reply Fri 1 Feb, 2008 03:31 am
Moaning Minnie
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spendius
 
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Reply Fri 1 Feb, 2008 05:53 am
Grouchy, grumbling, grousing bellyacher.
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ossobuco
 
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Reply Fri 1 Feb, 2008 10:16 am
kvetch
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Clary
 
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Reply Fri 1 Feb, 2008 10:17 am
that is a lovely word, I must remember to use it; and so useful for Scrabble.
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spendius
 
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Reply Fri 1 Feb, 2008 12:46 pm
Better not use the Collins New English dictionary to adjudicate Clary.

Do you really play Scrabble?
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mars90000000
 
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Reply Fri 1 Feb, 2008 12:49 pm
by the way

the subject of your topic says " what is the word/phrase for a person who complains a lot?"

in this sentence, you have to use the word "alot" and not "a lot"
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miazhou
 
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Reply Fri 1 Feb, 2008 04:26 pm
thanks mars90000000.
but i searched both oxford american dictionary and merriam-webster online.
neither of them had 'alot' as an entry. instead, webster has the following as examples.

"this is a lot nicer"
"runs a lot every day"
http://www.m-w.com/dictionary/lot

after googling a bit, it seems to me that "alot" is frequently used nowadays in informal context. maybe it will appear in the dictionary ten years from now as an adverb. (together with "google" as a transitive/intransitive verb Smile
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username
 
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Reply Fri 1 Feb, 2008 04:40 pm
"google" is already in the new dictionaries, but I've never seen "alot" as a single word in any context.
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username
 
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Reply Fri 1 Feb, 2008 04:47 pm
I love "whinger" but I think that's pretty Brit; my Aussie niece uses it very tellingly with that sort of eye-rolliing emphasis that teens and 20-somethings do so well. "Kvetch" is great too, but may be mostly Yiddish/New York/East Coast. Crab, grouch, grump, whiny old man/woman, whiner., (any one of several ethnic terms) princess.
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Noddy24
 
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Reply Fri 1 Feb, 2008 04:49 pm
Such a person would be urged to stop his yammering or to quit his belly aching.
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miazhou
 
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Reply Fri 1 Feb, 2008 04:57 pm
wow. yes, "google" is already in both oxford and webster.

here is a random google finding about people's opinion on "alot" and "a lot".
http://blather.newdream.net/a/alot.html

and thanks to you all for your above answers.
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mars90000000
 
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Reply Fri 1 Feb, 2008 09:19 pm
miazhou wrote:
wow. yes, "google" is already in both oxford and webster.


if u mean the word "google" being in the dictionnary then it totally makes sense because googol is a 1 with 100 zeroes after it
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ossobuco
 
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Reply Fri 1 Feb, 2008 10:09 pm
I kvetch even though I am from the west coast of the US and not of jewish heritage. Don't get me started...
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margo
 
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Reply Fri 1 Feb, 2008 10:21 pm
In Australia, that would be a Pom, or for more emphasis, a whingeing Pom! Twisted Evil

Or even a bloody whingeing Pom!!!

(A Pom is any refugee/visitor/migrant from England)
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solipsister
 
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Reply Fri 1 Feb, 2008 11:07 pm
marplot, proser, curmudgeon

http://thesaurus.reference.com/browse/marplot
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ossobuco
 
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Reply Fri 1 Feb, 2008 11:11 pm
I hate to ask but I've wondered for a while...

how do you pronounce 'whinge'??

Like wine with an h? or whine with a hinge?

Blinks in wonder...
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2PacksAday
 
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Reply Fri 1 Feb, 2008 11:50 pm
username wrote:
....but I've never seen "alot" as a single word in any context.


Me either.

Most of the time...by far...I will type alot...then go back and put the space in, one of my bad habits that I can't seem to break.

In high school I asked one of my English teachers....how do you spell the word "alot"....she replied, you don't.

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Titty Baby.
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ossobuco
 
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Reply Sat 2 Feb, 2008 12:02 am
erm???? I think 'a lot' is correct, even now... however forces propel phrases into being as a package.
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