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Is this phrase American or Australian? Never heard anyone say it before...

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edam Fri 08-Jul-11 12:55:57

Someone at work used the phrase 'snotty little whiner'. Not something I've come across before and am intrigued to know where it came from - possibly overseas as this person has travelled quite widely?

throckenholt Fri 08-Jul-11 12:57:16

I could imagine it being Australian - but also in some parts of UK. Probably less so in America. Not very complimentary anyway.

edam Fri 08-Jul-11 12:57:59

No, doesn't sound terribly flattering!

EyeoftheStorm Fri 08-Jul-11 13:00:44

Aussies tend to use 'whinger'. Think it may be British though not very nice.

plupervert Mon 11-Jul-11 00:09:19

"whiner" is more American, whereas I would have thought "whinger" was British.

Yet "snotty" in this context sounds a bit wrong for US English, as the sense of "brat" would probably be expressed by an American as "snot-nosed". "Snotty" in the US (at least the parts I'm familiar with) is a bit closer in meaning to "snooty".

So we're looking for a mid-Atlantic (mid-Pacific) culturally confused individual!

said Mon 11-Jul-11 00:17:12

Can hear it with and Australian accent. Whiney little snot, on the other hand, sounds American

edam Mon 11-Jul-11 21:23:09


thanks - the person who used it lived in different countries as a child but has spent a lot of time in Australia and then here.

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