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.
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
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!
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.