Idiom of the Week — “Party Pooper”

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Holiday season in the United States. For many Americans, the period between Thanksgiving and the New Year is the most festive time of the year. It’s a time to get together with family and friends, exchange gifts and good wishes, and eat lots and lots of food (not to mention the various traditional drinks!). Here at the EC Miami English School, we have many things that we’re doing this month in order to get into the spirit. Our students can take a look at the activities calendar (and pay attention to their teachers and staff as well) to find out all the different things that are going on.

But there’s always That One Person at a party or a gathering. Everyone is having a good time, but that person someone manages to bring the others down either by words or actions — or maybe just a bad attitude. This is commonly what we refer to as a party pooper. A party pooper is someone who tries to reduce the enthusiasm of other people. It can also be used when a person doesn’t share the same interests as the others, and therefore tries to discourage them.

“Steve is such a party pooper. No matter what we suggest, he shoots it down.”

A few years ago, a popular TV show in the USA, Saturday Night Live, had a character that epitomized the idea of a party pooper. Her name was Debbie Downer.

Take advantage of all fun things you can do this month here in South Florida! Don’t be a party pooper like Debbie Downer!

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