Catch Word #52 – Party Pooper

Do you like to go to parties? Are there usually any party poopers? A party pooper is someone who is not having fun and does not create more fun. Another expression that we talk about is a wet blanket. That doesn’t sound like very much fun does it? How about a stick in the mud? We hope your party doesn’t have one of those!


Expressions included in the learning materials

  • A party pooper
  • Wet blanket
  • Metaphors and similes
  • Stick in the mud
  • Killjoy, spoilsport, downer
  • Join in
  • Antisocial
  • Scowl, scowling
  • Atmosphere
  • His/her/their, he/she/they

Sample transcript

Maura: So today’s expression is party pooper.

Harp: Party pooper.

Maura: Yeah, it’s a funny little expression. What—or should I say who—is a party pooper?

Harp: So a party pooper is someone who ruins the fun, whether at a party or whether in just a normal conversation. When you’re having a fun time, they kind of ruin the atmosphere.

Maura: Yeah, so maybe you’re doing some kind of fun social activity, like a party, and this person isn’t participating.

Harp: Yeah, they’re either being boring or maybe they’re being antisocial and not talking or maybe they’ll start telling a sad or boring story.

Maura: Yeah. I kind of imagine a group of people laughing together but one person not laughing.

Harp: Yeah, sitting in the corner scowling.

Maura: Yeah, that’s a party pooper.

english PodcastAudio/Learning Materials: Culips