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The word to describe such a loser who ruins everything

 
 
Reply Sun 20 Jan, 2013 08:26 am
When he comes to a party, he ruins the party; when he comes to a theater, he ruins the drama staged...

I remember I've met such a word, but I forgot it.
Would you like to remind me?
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tsarstepan
 
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Reply Sun 20 Jan, 2013 08:38 am
@oristarA,
I'm sure you're not looking for party pooper, how about dramaqueen?
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tycoon
 
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Reply Sun 20 Jan, 2013 09:30 am
Malcontent may work in the context provided. Killjoy is another possibility.
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ehBeth
 
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Reply Sun 20 Jan, 2013 09:37 am
@oristarA,
Is the person ruining things on purpose, or is it simply his presence that spoils the event?
XXSpadeMasterXX
 
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Reply Sun 20 Jan, 2013 09:49 am
@oristarA,
Buzzkill...
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jcboy
 
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Reply Sun 20 Jan, 2013 02:58 pm
@oristarA,
How about "Jerk"? Cool
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ossobuco
 
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Reply Sun 20 Jan, 2013 03:12 pm
@ehBeth,
I agree with ehBeth's question, re the subtlety..

in the meantime, I'll add spoiler.
Oh, that was before I saw her mention the word, but it doesn't matter, same thinking.

nextone
 
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Reply Sun 20 Jan, 2013 03:19 pm
@ossobuco,
wet blanket

person from Porlock
ossobuco
 
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Reply Sun 20 Jan, 2013 03:35 pm
@nextone,
that's good, I agree with that.

Spoiler is a colder and meaner word to me.
ossobuco
 
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Reply Sun 20 Jan, 2013 03:38 pm
@ossobuco,
I suppose I should mention the wordage, **** up - but that is finally not very interesting, nor helpfully descriptive.
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contrex
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Reply Sun 20 Jan, 2013 03:43 pm
In my day we called people like that a "Jonah". I believe there is a Yiddish word also. Most cultures have the concept.


nextone
 
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Reply Sun 20 Jan, 2013 04:53 pm
@contrex,
Don't know Yiddish spelling. phonetically something like malkmudis
Angel of Death
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izzythepush
 
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Reply Sun 20 Jan, 2013 04:55 pm
A boor.
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Ceili
 
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Reply Sun 20 Jan, 2013 06:07 pm
A stick in the mud or a spoilsport.
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oristarA
 
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Reply Sun 20 Jan, 2013 10:21 pm
@ehBeth,
ehBeth wrote:

Is the person ruining things on purpose, or is it simply his presence that spoils the event?


The latter.
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oristarA
 
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Reply Sun 20 Jan, 2013 10:29 pm
Excellet guys!
Thank you all.
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contrex
 
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Reply Mon 21 Jan, 2013 02:57 pm
I believe the term "a Jonah" "(note the capital J) derives from the person of that name in a story in the Christian Bible. A long-established expression among sailors uses the term to mean a person (either a sailor or a passenger) whose presence on board brings bad luck and endangers the ship.

Later on, this meaning was extended to "a person who carries a jinx, one who will bring bad luck to any enterprise." An example would be Samuel Taylor Coleridge's Ancient Mariner, who was cursed after he killed an albatross, an act once held by superstitious sailors to bring bad luck. An albatross following a ship was held to bring good luck on her and those who sailed in her, and killing the bird not only cancelled the good luck, it actually brought bad luck.

Such a person, therefore, is as much the victim of a curse as the people who come into contact with him and suffer as a result.

roger
 
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Reply Mon 21 Jan, 2013 03:52 pm
@contrex,
Jinx! I should have thought of that.
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ossobuco
 
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Reply Mon 21 Jan, 2013 04:08 pm
@contrex,
If that is common usage, I don't know about it.

I'm sure there are pretty good phrases for this, some maybe from good novels.
contrex
 
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Reply Mon 21 Jan, 2013 04:39 pm
@ossobuco,
ossobuco wrote:
If that is common usage, I don't know about it.


Well, it has been pretty common usage in Britain all my life, and I am no spring chicken.

 

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