Querulous is quite the word, meaning someone who’s very petulant or peevish in their complaining. A person doesn’t have to be simply vocal to be querulous since I find querulousness to be an emotive physical attitude as well. Sighs, eye-rolls, squinched faces and bodies, these all give off a querulous vibe and a fretful, tetchy attitude. Querulous is a terrific descriptive, though I don’t think I’d care to be around anyone who is querulous by nature since it would become grating.
I know I can be querulous at times, though I’d like to think that it’s an aberration of my nature and not a defining character trait! Do you know anyone who’s querulous or apt to act that way?
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