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Old 03-25-2007, 12:10 AM
 
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I've heard of hissy fits and kaniption fits for years but I don't know what they are.

I imagined hissy fits to be akin to an upset tabby cat. Does anyone know what they are, and what the difference is?

Are they a southern thing or from any region or ethnic background?

I hope you r smarter than me. I don't even know if I spelled them right,lol.
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Old 03-25-2007, 12:14 AM
 
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You should see me when I go on "A Rampage"...lol
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Old 03-25-2007, 12:14 AM
 
Location: Clearfield, Utah
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I would discribe them as a temper tantrum with a little extra drama.
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Old 03-25-2007, 03:00 AM
 
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I would discribe them as a temper tantrum with a little extra drama.
LORI
When I was a kid my mom would not give me "The Honor" of having a true temper tantrum...She called it a "Make-Believe Temper"...LOL
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Old 03-25-2007, 07:20 AM
 
Location: Where the real happy cows reside!
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We call them "having an eppyflid"
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Old 03-25-2007, 07:38 AM
 
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I've often used the terms "hissyfit" and "conniption" or "conniption fit" ... and I've never lived in the South!

There appear to be subtle differences between the two. Both mean that someone's gotten miffed enough over something to be quite vocal about it. A conniption fit is definitely on a higher level than a hissyfit! It's louder and lasts longer, for one thing.

Bill Cosby gives a very funny description of his wife having a "conniption". It's near the end of the skit called 'Chocolate Cake For Breakfast', on the album 'Himself'.

When someone is working themselves up toward a hissyfit, my usual advice is "Don't get your knickers in a twist about it!" That usually derails their train of thought for a few minutes at least.
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Old 03-25-2007, 08:32 AM
 
Location: Deep In The Heat Of Texas
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I've heard of hissy fits and kaniption fits for years but I don't know what they are.

I imagined hissy fits to be akin to an upset tabby cat. Does anyone know what they are, and what the difference is?

Are they a southern thing or from any region or ethnic background?

I hope you r smarter than me. I don't even know if I spelled them right,lol.
I had to check the dictionary to be sure. I never use hissy fit but have heard it in Texas. I have never heard conniption used in Texas. In California, we used conniption fit.

hissy fit ~ a fit of anger; temper tantrum; chiefly Southern and South Midland U.S.

conniption fit ~ fit of hysterical excitement or anger; fit of violent emotion, such as anger or panic


The dictionary didn't state where one hears conniption as it did for hissy.
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Old 03-25-2007, 01:04 PM
 
Location: Just a few miles outside of St. Louis
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We must have the same dictionary, 'cause mine said the same thing! Maybe it's right, about "hissy fit" coming mostly from the South. I know I use it alot!(The term, not the tantrum!).
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Old 03-25-2007, 01:24 PM
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I heard those phrases growing up at school and I didn't grow up in the south at all. I did however, grow up in mostly African American schools and a lot of my fellow classmates had southern roots and relatives (and would spend time down south in the summer), so I heard a lot of southern phrases from them, so perhaps that is how I heard and picked up both of those terms.

Wildflower -- I like and use the 'don't get your knickers in a twist' phrase as well.

One thing that I like about the south are some of the wonderfully descriptive idioms that are somewhat unique to the area, I had a friend in college from rural Georgia and she had the most uniquely descriptive phrases that always made me laugh.
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Old 03-25-2007, 05:11 PM
 
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Hissy fits. pixilated and conniptions is akin to being "discombobulated' which is pure Southern.
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