finger -wagging carper

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Mohammad Ali1

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Persian
Given the stream of negative self-commentary their inner critic levels at hem all day,Ones don't receive criticism well.Would you express gratitude to a fellow writer who pointed out your failure to insert a comma after an introductory phrase if the finger-wagging carper living in your head had already been comparing your grammer to fetid effluvium from the moment you started work at 3:00 a.m? please, people, one mugging at a time.
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What the above phrase says figuratively?
 
  • se16teddy

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    English - England
    At least in Britain, you can shake a forefinger forwards and backwards at a child to indicate that the child has misbehaved. I guess the finger symbolizes a beating with a stick (punishment). This is finger-wagging.
    I feel that it is distinct from the gesture of moving a forefinger from side to side to signal refusal of permission.
    But both gestures assert authority over the perpetrator, and would be rude if used to an adult.
    "Carping" is complaining, whinging.
     
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    Myridon

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    English - US
    Would you be good at accepting criticism from others if you had already been criticizing yourself all day?
     

    Roxxxannne

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    English (northeastern US)
    Would you be good at accepting criticism from others if you had already been criticizing yourself all day?
    And would you be good at accepting criticism of your minor mistakes (a missing comma) if you had already been criticizing yourself generally (and severely) all day?
     
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