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Learn British English: not a happy bunny

 

Another British expression to describe something negative in a euphemistic fashion. If someone is “not a happy bunny”, they are sad, angry, annoyed, irritated, or something similar.

It is useful because you can expressive negative feelings and emotions with an amusing expression which makes the meaning more palatable. (Including when talking about yourself.)

I have only heard it in the negative, however, this BBC article on it gives positive examples:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/learningenglish/language/theenglishwespeak/2012/02/120214_tews_58_happy_bunny_page.shtml

 

EXAMPLES

“Sorry, but I’m not a happy bunny.”

“You ain’t a happy bunny today, what’s wrong?”

“I’d leave him alone if I were you. His football team lost, so he’s not a happy bunny.”

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