Is this girl"piling on agony"? ( I mean she is trying to draw attentions, while her situation is not that bad and scary, she is shedding fake tears , and reacting so exaggeratedly )

What is the exact idiom or expression for describing such false (?) exaggerated reactions just for gaining others' attentions or sympathy? "pile on agony " or "to throw pity party" or " to be drama queen" or what?


  • 'A pitiable embodiment of histrionics.' Or 'A deplorable manifestation of human melodramacity.' Jul 2, 2015 at 7:57
  • Wow! Thanks! Dear @Kugelblitz! , can you use that in a sentence? For example; about this girl! Actually I'l like to know the "verb"with which that expression might be used. :)
    – Soudabeh
    Jul 2, 2015 at 8:02
  • Verb eh? Let's see... You can say she's 'being melodramatic', or she 'became overwrought when receiving her flu shot.' Jul 2, 2015 at 8:09
  • I see. Thanks! , why don't you change your comment into answer so that I can up vote it?!:) @Kugelblitz! :)
    – Soudabeh
    Jul 2, 2015 at 8:15
  • I up voted, but I will wait a little for more answers, if any.:)
    – Soudabeh
    Jul 2, 2015 at 8:18

1 Answer 1


Some ways to put it:

With (quite a bit of) sarcasm:

Watching her get a flu shot makes me think she's a pitiable embodiment of histrionics.

Watching her get a flu shot makes me think she's a deplorable manifestation of human melodramatics.

Other (nicer) ways to put it:

She's being very melodramatic

Below is my preferred sentence:

She was perpetually overwrought during the course of receiving her flu shot.

  • I don't think "melodramacity" or even "melodramaticity" is a word. An instance of melodrama is "melodramatics."
    – deadrat
    Jul 2, 2015 at 8:17
  • I have seen that word in usage, but I believe you're right about it not being officially recognized as a linguistic word/term. Thank you for the heads up. Jul 2, 2015 at 8:20
  • I actually like "melodramacity" (mellow-dra-MA-sit-ee) because it looks like Melodrama-city. I just wouldn't want an English language learner to misunderstand the word play and take it as a word in common use.
    – deadrat
    Jul 2, 2015 at 8:42
  • Indeed. It does roll of the tongue smoothly. Jul 2, 2015 at 8:43
  • Hey Kugel use > to put in quotes.
    – dwjohnston
    Jul 2, 2015 at 9:00

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