(photo by Gray)
Thanks so, so much for
enabling supporting me. I'm feeling much better and everything will work out and, though it may not be immediately obvious from the general tenor and content of this blog, I don't actually enjoy being all whiny. Really. I swear.
Which brings us to the fascinating (well, to me, anyway) question of whine v. whinge. Apparently (at least according to the first few google results I looked at) whine derives from the Old English verb, hwinan, meaning "to make a humming or whirring sound," while, in contrast, whinge comes from the extremely closely related Old English verb, hwinsian, meaning (no surprise here) "to wail or moan discontentedly."
Of course, the main difference is that whinge, was, until quite recently, a mostly non-US usage. Though these days you hear it more and more from the same Anglophile types who say things like presently instead of soon and holiday instead of vacation. Not that there's anything wrong with that.
Anyway, misery loves company, so I'm thinking we should have a contest for best whin(g)es. And by best I mean something like loudest or most creative or most trivial or most disproportionate to the thing complained about.
So leave your whiniest whines in the comments and help me pick the winners Bonus points for a complaint that is, itself, annoying.