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    Question How to describe this character?

    Hi all,

    In the cartoon series Gulliver's Travels there was a character who was very pessimistic about everything. Is there any adjective to describe such people?!


    Thanks a lot.

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    Default Re: How to describe this character?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mehrgan View Post
    Hi all,

    In the cartoon series Gulliver's Travels there was a character who was very pessimistic about everything. Is there any adjective to describe such people?!


    Thanks a lot.
    Depends on the context.

    Pessimist, defeatist, complainer, party pooper, killjoy, grouch, whiner, downer... etc.

    Or as I prefer to call it, a realist.




    Side note

    I like this saying: "A pessimist is an optimist with experience" (don't know the source)

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    Default Re: How to describe this character?

    Thanks a lot!

    I've also heard,
    'A pessimist is a married optimist!', and,
    'An optimist is a person who thinks a fly is looking for a way to get out of the room!'



    Cheers!

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    A pessimist is a man who thinks all women are bad. An optimist is one who hopes they are. (Chauncey Depew)

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    Default Re: How to describe this character?

    An optimist is someone who posts a response in this forum and believes that the OP will not spend hours trawling the net to 'prove' the response wrong.

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    Default Re: How to describe this character?

    Hi there,

    Have I ever done so?! If so I really do apologise. It must've been a misunderstanding, because I've always been thankful to the dear posters.


    Thank you again, and hope I wasn't addressed in that post.


    Cheers!

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    Default Re: How to describe this character?

    Quote Originally Posted by freezeframe View Post
    Depends on the context.

    Pessimist, defeatist, complainer, party pooper, killjoy, grouch, whiner, downer... etc.

    Or as I prefer to call it, a realist.




    Side note

    I like this saying: "A pessimist is an optimist with experience" (don't know the source)


    Thanks. Regarding the word "Whine", is it the case that "Whinge" is more common in BrE?

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    Default Re: How to describe this character?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mehrgan View Post
    Thanks. Regarding the word "Whine", is it the case that "Whinge" is more common in BrE?
    'Whinge' and 'whine' mean the same to me. I honestly couldn't tell the difference between a person who was whingeing and one who was whining.

    In fact they are apparently derived from the same word: "From Middle English whinsen, from Old English hwinsian (“to whine”)"
    whinge - Wiktionary

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    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    'Whinge' and 'whine' mean the same to me. I honestly couldn't tell the difference between a person who was whingeing and one who was whining.

    In fact they are apparently derived from the same word: "From Middle English whinsen, from Old English hwinsian (“to whine”)"
    whinge - Wiktionary

    So many thanks. Is that spelling the same in AmE? (I mean keeping tha final e in whinge while adding -ing. Because once I heard this is a preference in BrE.)


    Ta!

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    Default Re: How to describe this character?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mehrgan View Post
    So many thanks. Is that spelling the same in AmE? (I mean keeping tha final e in whinge while adding -ing. Because once I heard this is a preference in BrE.)


    Ta!
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    (1) Whenever you write for Americans, do please spell it

    as "whining." I think that most Americans would consider the

    other spelling as strange and might not even recognize the word

    until they considered the context.

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