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People who complain a lot or are difficult to please

grinch

noun

someone who tries to stop people enjoying themselves

ingrate

noun

someone who is not grateful in the way they should be

perfectionist

noun

someone who always wants things to be done perfectly

purist

noun

someone who wants people to be correct, and to follow rules carefully, especially in language and the arts

stickler

noun

someone who thinks that a particular thing is very important and who thinks that other people should feel the same

critic

noun

someone who does not like something and states their opinion about it

misery

noun

someone who is always complaining or in a bad mood

wet blanket

noun

someone who spoils other people’s fun by being negative and complaining

scourge

noun

someone in a position of power who criticizes people severely

shrew

noun

an insulting word for a woman who always complains, argues, or nags

hostile architecture

the design of buildings or public spaces in a way which discourages people from touching, climbing or sitting on them …

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