Today’s depressing vocabulary items are brought to you by Olivier Peru and Sophian Cholet’s magisterial bande dessinée Zombies. The non-depressing vocabulary item is a prerequisite for getting my French visa renewed. Don’t think that ANY of these vocabulary iterms are non-depressing? First World Problems, baby, First World Problems… (First World Problem explained in the English notes below.)
First World Problem: Something that could only count as a problem if the rest of your life is better than that of most people on the planet. Examples of First World Problems that I’ve had recently:
- When my long-awaited new iPhone finally showed up, it was the wrong color.
- The Singaporean noodles in the United lounge came in really small containers–like, two mouthfuls.
- I didn’t get surclassé (upgraded) on a cross-country flight.
The better I get at distinguishing my First World Problems from real problems, the happier I get, and I’m already the happiest person you know…