Negative Nancy

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by Teh Don Ditty, Aug 11, 2007.

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Ever Heard of "Negative Nancy"

  1. Yes

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  2. No

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  3. WTF?!?!?

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  1. Teh Don Ditty macrumors G4

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    Random curiosity....

    How many of you have heard the term "Negative Nancy"

    EDIT: How old were you when you first heard said term and where (state, county, country) you have heard it.

    Trying to figure out if its just a local thing or not.

    Thanks everybody!
     
  2. Zwhaler macrumors 603

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    I first heard the term "negative nancy" here on MacRumors from the kind fellow Teh Don Ditty on 11:58am, August 11, 2007. And i'm in high school.

    But seriously, I might have heard people say that before... but I don't really remember. I was able to guess the meaning pretty well before I read on UD what it meant.
     
  3. dsyntax macrumors member

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    I think i heard it first in 8th grade in DC (but I'm not sure where the teacher was from who said it) along with other similar ones like "Fretty Betty."
     
  4. devilot Moderator emeritus

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    there's a long wait for this dim sum restaurant but it's not hard to NOT be a negative nancy as I can still browse MR. :p

    TDD first said the phrase to me er... a month ago. Never heard it before. Born, raised, and still living in Northern California.
     
  5. PlaceofDis macrumors Core

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    never heard it before today. Born, raised, and live in Chicago, IL. aka: the Midwest.
     
  6. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    I grew up in Michigan, and I'm pretty sure I heard it there, probably from old mean church ladies, when I was a child. :p It's the sort of thing they'd say. If I didn't want to do anything (when I was four) they would call me "Mohan No-han." :rolleyes: Of course, they're probably dead by now. :eek: ;) :D

    And now I want dim sum.
     
  7. killerrobot macrumors 68020

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    I'm guessing I was around 14 or 15 when I first heard it in Kansas City, Missouri.
     
  8. MattG macrumors 68040

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    I think I probably heard it on TV at some point.
     
  9. mrkramer macrumors 603

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    I just heard it today when I was browsing MR.
     
  10. jczubach macrumors 6502

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    I think she's related to 'negative ned', heard circa late 70's up here in canada
     
  11. ErikCLDR macrumors 68000

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    I've never heard of Negative Nancy, but I have heard of a Nancy Boy.

    I also know "Chatty Kathy"
     
  12. SkyBell macrumors 604

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  13. steamboat26 macrumors 65816

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    Heard it on TV (possibly South Park) several years ago.
     
  15. stcanard macrumors 65816

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    Young enough that I can't remember ever not knowing the term.

    Grew up in southern ontario.
     
  16. Abstract macrumors Penryn

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    Never heard of the term, although I did read it once on a computer-related message board.
     
  17. mgargan1 macrumors 65816

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  19. psycoswimmer macrumors 65816

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    I haven't personally.

    But Moody Judy says she's good friends with her.
     
  20. floriflee macrumors 68030

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    I don't remember when I heard it, but it seems like it was a long time ago so I was in the west somewhere.
     
  21. Cashmere Fedora macrumors newbie

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    heh, I always thought the opposite of "plain Jane" was "fancy Nancy."

    but apparently Nancy prefers to be inimical and adverse:confused:
     
  22. iSaint macrumors 603

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    Odd that this thread just came up. I've been out of town a couple of days. My wife, of said name, just got mad at me about something.

    She lives such a hard life.

    I'm such a smart***.

    :eek: :rolleyes:
     
  23. Jaffa Cake macrumors Core

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    I guessed the meaning correctly, but it's not a term I've come across before.
     
  24. nbs2 macrumors 68030

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    I know I've used it here before, but I can't remember where and it won't come up on a search. BAH!
     

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