Do you melt too easily?
…Hello and welcome to The English We Speak, I’m Neil. (conspiratorially) Feifei will be
joining me in just a second. She’s a little bit… sensitive, so I’m going to try to deliberately
upset her – just to teach you an expression in English!
(enters) Hi Neil
Oh hi Feifei! What do you think of the new Justin Bieber album?
Oh it’s just great. I love it!
Really? (Pause) I think it’s rubbish. You must have terrible taste to like Justin Bieber.
Neil that’s so rude!
It’s not rude – it’s just a difference of opinion. Honestly Feifei, you’re such a snowflake.
Oh you mean beautiful and totally unique?!
Err, no… I mean you melt easily. You can call someone who gets offended or upset too
easily a ‘snowflake’. Here are some examples:
A so-called friend of mine deleted a comment I made on his social media page just because I
didn’t agree with him. What a snowflake.
There are so many places you can express yourself these days but at the same time
everyone gets offended so easily. You can see why it’s called ‘generation snowflake’.
Generation snowflake. This expression refers to young adults who are too sensitive to
handle criticism of their opinions.
This is pretty insulting, Neil.
It IS pretty insulting, Feifei – but you’re only upset because you’re such a snowflake…
(backtracking)Though, of course you’re also unique and beautiful…
Oh I see – trying to be nice in case you offend me? Who’s the snowflake now, Neil!?
Well it’s just better if we all get along, isn’t it? Bye!