I'm looking for words to describe a person like Mma Ramotswe from No.1 Ladies Detective Agency for my blog - http://aroundtheworldinbooks.weebly.com/. Thanks to anyone who answers!


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A common expression for letting other people's negative comments and behavior towards you "bounce off", is being "thick-skinned".

  • Is aloof an appropriate word to use as well? Commented Apr 9, 2015 at 11:06
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    "Aloof" may be a trait your character also possesses, but it doesn't mean the same thing. For example; I am thick-skinned, (everyone who knows me, knows this) but I am also very approachable (not aloof, at all) - no one who is well acquainted with me seems to feel the slightest trepidation when letting me know how fat I've gotten.
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    Commented Apr 9, 2015 at 11:18

With proper context:

being kryptonite to negative comments

SPIN - Sep 2006 - Page 96 Vol. 22, No. 9 - ‎Magazine

Still, he finds it amusing that, when seated at the table he is kryptonite, but when he has walked the floor, he has been stopped by numerous men wanting information on how to break into the business.


An unpublished 1940 story "The K-Metal from Krypton", by Superman co-creator Jerry Siegel featured a prototype of kryptonite, a mineral from the planet Krypton that drained Superman of his strength while giving humans superhuman powers.[3]


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