The art of complaining

UK“University offers the chance to complain about everything from the state of a communal kitchen to nuclear proliferation, and even to draw clever comparisons between the two. It is, therefore, the ideal place to hone your grumbling techniques. First, you need to decide exactly what you want to complain about. Rolling your eyes and leaving snide notes is rarely the best way to tackle global warming, just as standing in Trafalgar Square with a megaphone probably won’t solve whose turn it is to clean the bathroom. You need to establish whether your chief concern is that your lecturer is bigoted and out of date, or that he disagrees with you. Is it that the standard of lectures is poor, or that they are so early in the morning you’re too hungover to understand them? …” (more)

[Harriet Swain, Guardian, 14 April]

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