What is someone whose tendency/act is to leak the surprise called?


Some more generic terms for someone who talks too much or indiscreetly: prattler, blabbermouth, motormouth, bigmouth.

If it's someone who can't act the part, I would simply say a bad actor or, if trying to be humorous, a person with limited thespian talents.

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  • I would use prattler to describe a gossiper – Ambo100 Apr 26 '11 at 20:40
  • Is this answer on the wrong question? This has nothing to do with spoiling a surprise. – Andrew Vit Sep 22 '11 at 4:38

If they did it on purpose they could be called a spoilsport or a party pooper (slang).

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  • I also like parade-rainer. – Sam Apr 26 '11 at 13:56
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    Parade-rainer-onner? – Kosmonaut Apr 26 '11 at 14:27
  • @Kosmonaut, no. They rain. They are rainers. – Sam Apr 26 '11 at 20:59
  • @Sam: Parades don't rain... – Kosmonaut Apr 26 '11 at 22:02
  • @Kosmonaut. A person works on a farm is a farm worker, not a farm worker onner. – Sam Apr 26 '11 at 22:22

A blabbermouth. While not specifically about them blowing the surprise, I'd also call them a jerk or a party-pooper.

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You could label someone a dampener and consider it appropriate in this context, although some might argue otherwise.

A known figure of speech goes something like this, from The Free Dictionary:

Put a damper on something

Fig. to have a dulling or numbing influence on something. The bad news really put a damper on everything. The rainy weather put a damper on our picnic.

I personally think this could be applied to 'dampening a surprise', and further, the person committing such an act deemed 'a dampener'.

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A spoiler? Or maybe somebody who throws a spanner in the works?

If someone throws a spanner in the works, they prevent something happening smoothly in the way that it was planned, by causing a problem or difficulty.

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I have commonly heard them referred to simply as a leaker, however I do believe that this leans towards informal speech.

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