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A Complaint Is a Gift, 2nd Edition by Claus Møller, Janelle Barlow

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Images 6 ImagesThe Gift Formula

Complaining has never had a positive meaning. It comes from the Latin verb plangere, which originally meant “to hit”—metaphorically “to beat one’s breast.” Today a complaint is the utterance of pain, displeasure, or annoyance. It also is an illness or ailment, and in legal terms, it is a formal charge or accusation. In English slang, to complain is to quibble, raise a fuss, yammer, squawk, bitch, bewail, moan and groan, bellyache, carp, nag, pick at, give someone a hard time, find fault, gripe, whine, and fret.

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