RARA-AVIS: Brit-speak

From: DJ-Anonyme@webtv.net
Date: 13 Jun 2006

I was hoping someone could explain the difference between the verbs "to whine" and "to whinge." I've read them both in Brit novels, and I'm aware there is a difference. It seems that whining is a more inward directed complaint, a kind of "woe is me," whereas whinging seems to be more outward directed, kind of like ranting against the world. Both seem to annoy nearby listeners, who often tell the whiner or the whinger to shut the hell up. Is that even close?


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