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  1. lionelg Junior Member

    France
    French
    I would just like to know what that is. Thank you in advance !
     
  2. Benjy

    Benjy Senior Member

    Milton Keynes, UK
    English - English
    A prophet of doom, or pessismist if you will, who is not shy about letting you know that everything will go wrong :) (monger ~ merchant)
     
  3. edwingill Senior Member

    England English
    prophète de malheur
     
  4. lionelg Junior Member

    France
    French
    thank you !
     
  5. Cath.S.

    Cath.S. Senior Member

    Bretagne, France
    français de France
    On dit aussi couramment
    un oiseau de malheur.
     
  6. edwingill Senior Member

    England English
    In the poem 'The Ancient Mariner' the albatross was the bird of ill omen.
     
  7. Cath.S.

    Cath.S. Senior Member

    Bretagne, France
    français de France
    Autrefois, en France, les gens pensaient que les corbeaux annonçaient de mauvais présages.
    Aujourd'hui l'expression oiseau de malheur s'applique uniquement aux êtres humains - à moins d'être superstitieux à l'extrême, je suppose. :)
     
  8. david314

    david314 Senior Member

    Clayton, Missouri
    American English
    While the two notions are similiar, I believe that there is a nuanced difference between a harbinger of doom, an omen / oiseau de malheur & a doom monger, which is someone who sows fear, perhaps for political purposes. Does this make sense to anyone else? :)
     
  9. Cath.S.

    Cath.S. Senior Member

    Bretagne, France
    français de France
    On pourrait aussi dire une Cassandre - à ce détail près que ses prophéties se réalisaient et que personne n'y croyait.
    Également un oiseau de mauvais augure. (c'est ma journée ornithologique ;))

    Isn't that rather a fear monger?
     
  10. edwingill Senior Member

    England English
    I don't think doom-monger is an English word, but the meaning can be inferred. There is doomsayer
     
  11. david314

    david314 Senior Member

    Clayton, Missouri
    American English
    Yes. I wonder if there exists a difference between an alarmist & a fear monger -but not enough to spend anymore time on it! :D

    I agree that doom monger is not a common term.
     

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