Re: RARA-AVIS: Brit-speak

From: Dave Reeder (
Date: 14 Jun 2006

i think we'd generally use 'whinge' to describe the content and
'whine' the tone of voice. thus, you can whinge or whine, be a whinger or whiner but you'd be described as whinging because you were complaining and whining because of the way you were whinging. so, young kids whine and old codgers whinge.


On 14 Jun 2006, at 12:19, Al Guthrie wrote:

> No difference, as far as I'm aware.
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> 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?
> Mark
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