If you refused to take this quiz because it’s a damn fool waste of time—and then wrote a lengthy, self-righteous letter explaining precisely why it was a damn fool waste of time—congratulations: You are officially a curmudgeon.
Winokur has literally written the book on the topic, and here are a few of his insights about curmudgeons:
- They refuse to see life through the filter of wishful thinking and are outspoken in their devotion to the harsh realities of life.
- [T]hese are tough times for curmudgeons. In an age of fast-food intellect, when crudity is mistaken for cleverness, the articulate, witty curmudgeon seems out of place.
- Slowly, almost imperceptibly, our nation is becoming curmudgeon intolerant. It’s as though our American ears, like our American bellies, have gone soft. Look around and you’ll see the triumph of the mindless happy.
- Curmudgeons aren’t just funny or just mean. Part of what makes a curmudgeon is an almost allergic reaction to injustice.
- “Curmudgeons are idealists at heart,” insists 60 Minutes commentator Andy Rooney.
- Curmudgeons thrive at both ends of the political spectrum. [from Gore Vidal to Ann Coulter]
- Political correctness—denying or softening obvious truths in the interest of good will and harmony—is an elephant-size target for any good curmudgeon.