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March 15, 2011

Drama queen

The classic example of a drama queen: Scarlett O'Hara in Gone with the Wind, pic: scarlettonline.com

Drama queens are a fairly common species and – contrary to popular belief – not all drama queens are female.  Drama queens come in all age groups and social strata.

Drama queens are overly dramatic – that is the politically correct way of saying it.  They tend to make a big deal out of unimportant things and take every opportunity to blow things out of proportion.  There is a good deal of self-centeredness in drama queens as the little things that get blown out of proportion are often rather irrelevant details or little misfortunes of their daily lives.

A drama queen rant might sound like that:

“I got to the restaurant and they did not have our table ready.  Can you believe that.  So we had to wait 10 minutes outside until we got seated.  That already totally ruined my mood and then the bread basket arrived like at least 5 minutes later.  we were basically starving at that point.  I’ll never go to that restaurant again, it is a total disgrace …”

The reasonable course of action is to stay away from drama queens as much as possible.  They have a tendency to ruin ones day.

March 15, 2011

Shoot the breeze

Unintuitive – this one!  Nothing to do with shooting, not with breeze either or other forms of moving air.

Girls shooting the breeze, pic: orlandohealth.com

When you are shooting the breeze you engage in idle conversation, chat casually of something of little consequence, have a relaxed conversation without much purpose.  Chances are, you are enjoying yourself shooting the breeze.

Here are some examples:

“The girls spent the afternoon sitting by the pool, drinking Martinis and shooting the breeze.”

“Guys, stop shooting the breeze, let’s get this meeting started so we finish in time.”

The expression dates back to the early 20th century.  Its origin is somewhat unclear: the best explanation I saw was that it is related to the expression “It is a breeze” meaning something is very easily accomplished/not very difficult.  Since the word breeze means a gentle wind – as opposed to a stiff one – breeze implies ease, something happening gently, without much effort.

That’ll have to do for an explanation.