I was reading an article about podcasting this morning and came across an interesting word. The author referred to another person as being stroppy. Having never seen that word before, I dashed over to dictionary.com. Here’s what I learned.
Stroppy (strop-ee — pronounced like the word straw and the word pea) is an adjective that means bad-tempered or hostile. Quick to take offense. Because this is the Christmas season, my thoughts turned to Scrooge in Charles Dickens’ story A Christmas Carol. Scrooge was a bad-tempered person. A bad-tempered employer. Generally, just bad-tempered.
Do you know anybody who is bad-tempered all the time? You might want to tell them to stop being stroppy!
Or, do you know someone who is easily offended? It seems that you have to tip-toe around them so that you don’t do or say something where they’ll take offense and get mad at you. Those type of people are not fun to be around!
I hope you aren’t one . . .