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    Cool shenanigans

    Can the words "shenanigans", "idiosyncracy" and "histrionics" be clubbed in the same group? Are they synonimous. I am a little vague about the meaning of "shenanigan". Will you please explain it with a few examples so that I have a good grip on this word.

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    Re: shenanigans

    Shenanigans implies that people are doing things that are wrong or unacceptable.

    Eamples from [DAVIES/BYU] British National Corpus

    1 than many of their vast, worldwide following. How much the shenanigans in the boardroom have affected the team's performance on the field
    2 the bizarre tale of how family feuding, jealousy and assorted shenanigans has left Patrick Kavanagh with two graves By PETER DUNN Civil war
    3 who was also at the funeral, later described the shenanigans as "a brutal Irish business, and anti-woman". He
    4 but gleefully flung herself into the high camp, Low Gothic shenanigans of Robert Aldrich's Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962
    5 along the remains of that 1970s darling, Slater-Walker. Financial shenanigans clearly will not be eliminated by new, even tougher legislation to
    6 Perhaps this shows that the popular resentment against politicians' financial shenanigans --; which lost the party control of the upper house of parliament
    7 be unique to Hollywood, though it is characteristic of the shenanigans that have always plagued the entertainment industry. What makes this behaviour
    8 of the forty-four starters completed the course. Mindful that the shenanigans at the twenty-third would do little to enhance the image of the
    9 suppose, Ingrid herself. She wouldn't put up with shenanigans with Angela Brickell. But whether Bob would kill to stay married
    10 bereavement to self-discovery against a quirky thriller concerning drought and illegal shenanigans in the water sales business. This haunting black comedy touches and

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    #3

    Re: shenanigans

    Why do you want to class those three words into the same category ? or at least idiosyncracy and histrionic(s) ?

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    Question Re: shenanigans

    Are'nt the three similar in meaning?

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    Re: shenanigans

    Quote Originally Posted by Romel Panzer View Post
    Are'nt the three similar in meaning?


    They may sometimes be used to describe things that occupy the same areas. But shenanigans - as Tdol's examples show - usually involve wrong-doing, sometimes complex, often furtive; histrionics involve over-acting; idiosyncrasies are specific characteristics, often unusual.

    So, looking at Tdol's first example - the boardroom one: there have been shenanigans; people involved in those shenanigans may have had idiosyncrasies; the shenanigans may have involved histrionics. But the fact that those 3 words can all be used to describe a single situation doesn't imply that in any sense they mean the same; a person might be both happy and helpful - but that doesn't make the meanings the same!

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    Thanks a lot. Now it is very clear to me. Shenanigans = wrong doing; histrionics = overacting; idiosyncracy = unusual characteristic. I can now use these words in diffetrent situations. The common thing in them is that they all are on the negative side.

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    Re: shenanigans

    An idionsyncracy does not have to be negative.

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    Exclamation Re: shenanigans

    yes, you are right. Thank you.

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