But I have a different hunch about cultural cantankerousness
: I think it's a defence against the "fear of missing out".
The Ordnance Survey Memoirs for County Antrim in the 1830s are full of complaints about the cantankerousness
of Presbyterians who still refused to pay tithes or small dues in the years leading up to tithe commutation in 1838.
On the flight back from Scotland last week we sat in front of a chap who took the concept of the Grumpy Old Man to hitherto unimagined levels of cantankerousness
. He moaned at top volume from take-off to landing.
A 2002 New York Times article headlined "Power of Positive Thinking Extends, It Seems, to Aging" cited two studies linking optimism to longevity--and four studies tracing longevity to such other traits as "conscientiousness," calmness, pessimism, and even cantankerousness
. A 2002 study not cited in the Times article found mildly depressed women living longer than nondepressed or more severely depressed women, and even two positive psychologists reported that people displaying negative affect "complain about their health but show no hard evidence of poorer health or increased mortality." As for those oft-cited nuns: Nuns are popular with researchers because of their controlled, homogeneous lifestyle.
Their plan foundered largely because of Guggenheim's cantankerousness
. Her later intention to leave her marvellous, personal collection to the Tare came to nothing as--apparently--she became irritated about not being able bring her dogs into the country without quarantine.
It says it aims to do for cantankerousness
what the Great American Smoke-Out did for tobacco addiction--purge low spirits from the culture.
"', (2) the ability to give voice to disagreement with one's colleagues is an important facility.
But, from its origins until the present, Restoration and eighteenth-century satire, with its decidedly "unfeminine" tendencies towards aggression, cantankerousness
, lewdness, and political squabbling, has generally been considered a distinctively masculine domain.
They have a reputation for cantankerousness
that student Jerry Arvin says is overrated.
Lilburne's personal courage as well as his cantankerousness
and exhibitionism are not in themselves markers of radicalism; one hears nothing in this account of Lilburne's repeated and sustained rapprochements with royalism.
This is Farber on How I Won the War: "At its best, it has a crawling-along-the-earth cantankerousness
and cruddiness, as though the war against fascism were being glimpsed by a cartooned earthworm from an outhouse on a fake hillbilly spread somewhere in the Carolinas."
People tell me I'm lucky but I've yet to feel glee when it comes to sitting bug-eyed at my PC come midnight at weekends when my two tots have kept me frantic with croup and terminal cantankerousness
for days on end.
Figuratively, he is one of Borges's grandchildren, although Proust should also be considered a prominent source of inspiration: Marias's themes are circular and metaliterary, his style meditative to the point of cantankerousness
. Infatuated by British fiction since an early age, Marias has been, aside from a practitioner of fiction, a translator of high caliber who has made Hardy, Conrad and Yeats sit comfortably in Cervantes's tongue.
And money is the area in which Congress has had its greatest impact, at least until its recent cantankerousness
on nominations for foreign policy posts.
At first, I thought that what I had noticed was merely a sign of my increasing cantankerousness