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Title: Ways to say you're mad
Post by: dkshumaker on November 07, 2012, 04:49 PM
What are some different ways to say you're mad or angry? Maybe different regions have unique and funny sayings?

Examples:
steam coming out of your ears
hopping mad
fly off the handle
red in the face

Thanks in advance for any others!
Title: Re: Ways to say you're mad
Post by: Christine B. on November 07, 2012, 05:12 PM
My mom always says she's "ticked off." Wonder where that one comes from!

Also:
that steams my clams!
got my goat




Title: Re: Ways to say you're mad
Post by: Franzilla on November 07, 2012, 06:43 PM
Hmm, all the ones that came to mind immediately involved words I'm not sure I'm allowed to post here! What does that say about me?!

How about...

I threw a wobbly.
I went ballistic.
It really wound me up.
It raised my hackles. 
I'm so angry I could spit.
She was on the warpath.

And:
She hit the roof.
I'm fed up to the back teeth? Never understood that one!
Title: Re: Ways to say you're mad
Post by: amberturner on November 08, 2012, 07:10 AM
"I'm losin' it."
"Madder than a wet hen."
Title: Re: Ways to say you're mad
Post by: AJSchumacher on November 08, 2012, 12:42 PM
Great responses so far! How about saying "That really": Frosts my cookies/Butters my toast/Chaps my hide

Also to blow your: Top/Gasket/Fuse

Spitting nails

That's about all I have off the top of my head  :grin3
Title: Re: Ways to say you're mad
Post by: dkshumaker on November 08, 2012, 02:07 PM
Hey everyone - thanks a lot for the ideas. I knew there would be some that would totally crack me up and wonder how they ever came about! Like exactly how buttering toast is like being mad is beyound me. :grin3 I appreciate the ideas!
Title: Re: Ways to say you're mad
Post by: JulieM on November 08, 2012, 02:15 PM
Hi dk,
In case you're interested (and don't already know of it), The Emotion Thesaurus is full of interesting ways to describe the emotions in writing. I bought it from Amazon - it's terrific.
Title: Re: Ways to say you're mad
Post by: dkshumaker on November 08, 2012, 06:22 PM
Hi Julie,
I had no idea about the Emotion Thesaurus. Thanks for the great tip - I'm going to look into it!
Title: Re: Ways to say you're mad
Post by: Christy on November 08, 2012, 06:25 PM
I second the Emotion Thesaurus! It's AWESOMENESS.
Title: Re: Ways to say you're mad
Post by: AJSchumacher on November 08, 2012, 06:47 PM
That sounds pretty awesome. I've never heard of it but will definitely be seeking it out now! Thanks for mentioning it!
Title: Re: Ways to say you're mad
Post by: Pons on November 08, 2012, 09:33 PM
I am torqued!   
Title: Re: Ways to say you're mad
Post by: DebraG on November 11, 2012, 07:24 AM
The Emotion Thesaurus is great.

A suggestion for mad and angry: Fire boiled in my veins or some play on that.
Title: Re: Ways to say you're mad
Post by: Dianna Winget on November 11, 2012, 01:54 PM
Built up enough steam to bake a sweet potato

Felt like I'd drank a bottle of hot pepper sauce

Thanks for the great tip on the Emotions Thesaurus, Julie. I love my regular thesaurus so I'll have to check it out.
Title: Re: Ways to say you're mad
Post by: majanecka on November 15, 2012, 09:37 PM
I didn't see it here so throwing in a favorite in the South, you are getting on my last nerve.
Title: Re: Ways to say you're mad
Post by: Tori on November 25, 2012, 04:26 PM
Mad enough to chew nails and spit rust.  :)
Aloha,
Tori :palmtree
Title: Re: Ways to say you're mad
Post by: sameyers on November 26, 2012, 08:17 AM
Just one more post about how great the Emotional Thesaurus is! In fact, the entire Bookshelf Muse blog is a gem of information. They have several other thesauruses, including ones on setting and physical attributes.

God bless,
Susan
Title: Re: Ways to say you're mad
Post by: JulieM on November 26, 2012, 02:14 PM
Hi Julie,
I had no idea about the Emotion Thesaurus. Thanks for the great tip - I'm going to look into it!
Hey, you're welcome, dk. :  )