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July 15, 2007


On this side of the pond we usually call it whining (moaning more often associated with sex, etc)and 'whiners' are not thought of too highly. It is defintely a tonal quality, often nasal and sing song.
The words may not even be important, or even present, just the siren like rise and fall of the voice.
Whiners are usually not take seriously and are flagged as being juvenile/infantile.
The person who is much more trying on the rest of us is the "glass is always half empty" personality. While you may not spot them immediately (as opposed to the whiner), in the long haul they can have a much more profound negative impact on your life.


I misread your last paragraph and thought you were referring to an Aristotelian moan! The common ground between philosophers is often over-looked because of the emphasis on negative logic, but the whole point of picking apart arguments should be to enlarge the common ground. Journalists would make the same kind of case I suspect, that their 'moaning' is part of a collective enterprise whose constructive nature can only be understood in context.


Moaning? As someone who works in a University, it seems to be a contractual obligation....

Beyond that - I think complaint is a useful way of dealing with things that vex you, but that cannot be changed. When moaning replaces action, when action is feasible, then it may be a worry...

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