There was the following sentence in New York Times’ (May 3rd) article titled, “Complaining is hard to avoid, but try to do it with a purpose,” http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/04/your-money/the-satisfaction-and-annoyance-of-complaining.html?_r=0 And I stumbled on the ending phrase “Lose the whiny entitled air.”
“Instead of using a complaint as a conversation opener, he (Will Bowen, an ordained minister who has written the book “A Complaint Free World”) suggested, “talk to them about something good or positive.”
He is not arguing that you can’t note when something is wrong. He says you should just do it directly in a neutral manner to the person responsible, not to everyone around you and not with a voice of outrage.
“Say, ‘The soup is cold, and could you warm it up,’ ” said Mr. Bowen, “Not, ‘how dare you serve me cold soup!’ ” Lose the whiny entitled air.
As I wasn't able to understand what “Lose the whiny entitled air" means, and its connection with the preceding line, I first looked for the idiom “lose the air” in both Cambridge and Oxford online dictionaries in vain.
Is “Lose the whiny entitled air,” here an imperative form? Can we order someone to “lose the air”?
If this is not an imperative form, what is the subject of this phrase?
How is “Lose the whiny entitled air” connected with the preceding sentence, “Say, ‘the soup is cold, and could you warm it up,’ ”? To me it doesn’t flow smoothly.
In essence, what does “Lose the whiny entitled air” mean?