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Discussion in ' English Only ' started by payita , Jun 4, Log in or Sign up. Dictionary and thread title search: Previous Thread Next Thread. Buenos Aires Spanish - Argentina. Hi everyone, I've just read this and looked up the meaning of 'high strung', and everything I found has a kind of negative connotation, right? Could anyone help me understand it in this context?
You are a very high strung person, and many people love that about you. Actually in most cases "high strung" is used in a negative connotation meaning "On edge" or " A person who becomes highly emotional about the smallest things" and in this case I can see how this is confusing. We need more context. Is this person who is referred to as "high strung" a very expressive and dramatic person? Or is the speaker being sarcastic? TiRouge , Jun 4, Totally agree with TiRouge - it is a term that has negative connotations.
Maybe they like it about her becuase she's quirky, or they're trying to soften the blow by being nice at the same time as saying something critical? JoNZ , Jun 4, Lux rationis Member American English. Lux rationis , Jun 4, It was a description of someone as the outcome of a very silly and not very trustworthy personality test. So I'm guessing you guys are right and they probably didn't pay much attention to what they were writing. London but from Yorkshire English - England.
Incidentally, I thought the expression was highly strung , but the OED gives lots of examples of both versions. Momerath Senior Member British English. Isn't it "highLY strung"? Highly strung people are not necessarily disagreeable.
Some may even be bursting with good nervous energy. They are the sort of people who jump, and possibly drop the things they are holding, if you creep up on them unawares.
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