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Funny Names for Hot Flashes

On our Facebook group, listeners share their terms for menopausal hot flashes, including short private vacation in the tropics, temperature tantrum, short private trip to the Sahara, and my inner child is playing with matches. This is part of a...

Hissy Fits

Hissy fits, or frivolous tantrums often associated with girls, particularly in the Southern United States, probably derive from the word hysterical. An Alabama caller started thinking about the origin of this word after learning of the opening of a...

Throw a Wobbly

To throw a wobbly means lose self-control in a panic or temper tantrum, or to cause consternation by acting in a surprising way. This is part of a complete episode.

Vitalyation

Vitalyation  n.— «Churkin’s angry reactions to diplomatic affronts have become so common that some U.N. diplomats have invented a word to describe it: Vitalyation (rhymes with “retaliation”). But the former Soviet official has...

gassing

gassing  n.— «In fact, they say it’s downright dangerous—with inmates attacking them with homemade spears and blow darts dipped in feces. “They call it gassing.”» —“Chief’s Temper Tantrum Has Chinatown Abuzz” by...