If you always think that something is going to go wrong, then you're a what?

Discussion in 'English Only' started by Chazzwozzer, Oct 30, 2006.

  1. Chazzwozzer

    Chazzwozzer Senior Member

    Istanbul
    Turkish
    You're such a _______! You always think that something is going to go wrong.

    I've been thinking on this question for a while but I just cannot put my finger on the correct word! Anybody has an idea?

    Cheers,
    Ekin
     
  2. clapec

    clapec Senior Member

    Italy
    Italian
    Pessimist?
     
  3. mlebrunc Senior Member

    Venezuela
    Venezuela/Venezuelan
    "Pessimist" (?)
     
  4. Chazzwozzer

    Chazzwozzer Senior Member

    Istanbul
    Turkish
    AHH! Of course! Silly me...

    Thank you guys.
     
  5. clapec

    clapec Senior Member

    Italy
    Italian
    You're welcome! ;)
     
  6. Hockey13

    Hockey13 Senior Member

    Irvine, California
    AmEnglish/German
    I'd call him an optimistic pessimist since he's so sure. ;)
     
  7. sweetpotatoboy Senior Member

    English, UK (London)
    How about a 'gloom merchant'? (Sorry, it's a favourite phrase of mine.)
     
  8. JamesM

    JamesM à la Mod

    "Pessimist" is perfect. There are variations, though. If it's someone who thinks they must always express this opinion to others, we have other names: "doomsayer, naysayer, prophet of doom, killjoy, gloomy Gus (mostly obsolete now), Eeyore (after the A.A. Milne character), wet blanket, party pooper", to name a few... now that I think of it, we have quite a few names for this behavior!

    If they are saying it because they fear all change, we call them a Luddite, after a group that felt that progress was inherently evil (if you're willing to accept this as a vague, overgeneralized interpretation of the Luddite position, that is.)
     
  9. maxiogee Senior Member

    imithe
    Some people would insert the word "realist" there, and they might not be wrong :D
    Their generic name is Klutz.
     
  10. JamesM

    JamesM à la Mod

    Hmm... "Klutz" in AE has more to do with awkward behavior such as stumbling or knocking things over, in my experience. President Ford comes to mind. :) I would not consider "pessimist" and "klutz" to be synonymous. It must be a regional difference.
     
  11. A Quilter New Member

    English
    Worry Wart
     
  12. maxiogee Senior Member

    imithe
    If one is a clumsy, stumbling individual then things will go wrong for you more often than for your more careful and organised neighbour.

    My comment was intended to be lighthearter, but still somewhat accurate.
     
  13. JamesM

    JamesM à la Mod

    Sorry. I get it now. :)
     
  14. wayfarer01 New Member

    English England
    How about miserable git?
     

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