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Word of the Day - for Toastmasters everywhere
Friday 17th September 2021
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whinge (verb) WINJ

Complain peevishly about something relatively unimportant.

Or the person who comes in to work, sighs heavily and proceeds to whinge in a morale-sapping, soul-destroying fashion until she reduces what might have been good moods in others to grey mush.

Ravi Somaiy, The Guardian, 28 January 2008. Guardian

Looking back at my reviews I see that, every few months, I have had a whinge about the lack in Britain of the sort of steak which is so readily available in the US.

Jan Rayner, The Observer, 4 February 2008. The Observer

People used to whinge and snipe about Harrods being a bit vulgar, but you don’t hear that so much any more.

Nick Foulkes, The Spectator, 20 June 2007. The Spectator

Spending time with this guy is like being buttonholed at a party by a remote acquaintance who responds to a casual "Hi, how are you?" with a half-hour whinge-fest about his physical ailments, medical treatments and spiritual complaints.

Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times, 26 April 2006, New York Times
reviewing Philip Roth's Everyman. Amazon

"She well knew how and when to grizzle, grouse, sulk and whinge" about a host of grievances, all invented, and "did not really like" her husband, who had done the unforgivable: he forced her to see that she was horribly unsuited to be what she had directed her whole life to being, the wife of a genius.

James Kincaid, The New York Times, 18 December 1994, New York Times
reviewing Martin Seymour-Smith's Hardy. Amazon

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