I like words. New ones especially. Different ways of speaking, sure. So when I read this article on the highest ranking female in the British Army, I listened to how Brigadier Nicky Moffat described her experience:
I don’t feel that gender has been an issue for me. I don’t care if you are male or female, or black or white, gay or straight, right side of the tracks or the wrong side. I care what you deliver. To be fair, some people have been discriminated against, but I have not felt this applied to me. You are only going to get on in life if you push the door a bit and work hard and you overcome challenges and barriers. I am not a whinger. You don’t get on in a team if you are a whinger.
I am not a whinger either. Errrr, a whinger is a complainer, right? Going over to Google. One sec. Ah yes! We have a winner. Whiny and complaining. . .