"That's a great deal to make one word mean," Alice said in a thoughtful tone. "When I make a word do a lot of work like that," said Humpty Dumpty, "I always pay it extra."

Monday, 15 February 2010

Hissy fit

Hissy fit is an extraordinarily annoying term used to describe a temper tantrum. (That was someone else's definition but I happen to agree! - Sorry GB but you did ask!!!)

A sudden outburst of temper, often used to describe female anger at something trivial. Originally regional from American South. Thought to originate from contraction of "hysterical fit."


  1. Yes, still in common usage here in the American South. Glad to see us given some mention - derivationally! We are rich in colorful adages and colloquial language.

  2. Thanks for that information. I actually find it a rather useful phrase and don't find it in the least bit annoying.