Check here curmudgeon - Definitions from Dictionary.com. Of the dictionary entries listed, only Wordnet (USA) uses the definition 'old'; a crusty irascible cantankerous old person full of stubborn ideas.
Hi! The snippet I quoted is from a colonist's article from Daily Mail.Call me an old curmudgeon, but I don't understand why everyone is so excited about George Sampson, the 14-year-old with his shirt hanging out who danced his way to victory in Britain's Got Talent.
I can see that he put a great deal of work into his act and I've always admired breakdancers who can spin on their heads - though I'd be lying if I said I envied them.
I think "old" is redundant here because "curmudgeon" means an old bad tempered person. Right?
1. From Cambridge Dictionary
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2. From Merriam-webstera bad-tempered old person
curmudgeon - Definition from the Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary
a crusty, ill-tempered, and usually old man
Despite the dictionaries, anyone can be a curmudgeon - it implies someone bad-tempered and self-centred, lacking concern for others. The journalist is implying that old curmudgeons are worse than young ones
Besides, Christopher Robin often called Pooh (Winnie-the-Pooh - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia ) 'silly old bear' - where "old" has nothing much to do with age - he says 'silly old' because he's known Pooh all his life, but he's only about 6.)
Even if it was redundant, though, I wouldn't put it past a journalist to use an extra word ; they're often paid by the word, and a columnist needs to fill the space!
Last edited by BobK; 11-Jun-2008 at 13:05. Reason: Clarify last sentence
Hi BobK, thank you very much for elucidating the usages about both "old" and "curmudgeon".