You know, the kind of person who you tell stuff like "I really want to go to this thing" and they point out everything wrong with it.

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    "Wet blanket" is the first term that comes to mind.
    – Hot Licks
    Nov 14, 2015 at 23:41

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Such a person might be a naysayer, "a person who habitually expresses negative or pessimistic views" (TFD)


A wet blanket:

a person who spoils other people's fun by failing to join in with or by disapproving of their activities.


Lots of possibles depending on context - party-pooper, grinch, killjoy, spoilsport, grouch, wet-blanket, eeyore, misery-guts ...


A party pooper?

a person who hasn't the interest or vitality to participate actively in a social party and whose mood, attitude, or personality lessens others' enjoyment; killjoy.

Or for that matter a killjoy?

: a person who spoils other people's fun or enjoyment


A naysayer:

a person who says something will not work or is not possible : a person who denies, refuses, or opposes something


There are always naysayers who say it can't be done.
Those naysayers who attack the integrity of the entire judicial system

  • "Naysayer" has been proposed already, how is your answer an improvement?
    – A.P.
    Nov 15, 2015 at 13:19
  • @A.P. To be fair, despite the apparent difference in times I think our postings were effectively simultaneous.
    – Jim Mack
    Nov 15, 2015 at 14:30
  • Oh, in that case let me retract the downvote and upvote it instead.
    – A.P.
    Nov 15, 2015 at 14:34
  • Yup, they were.
    – Fae
    Nov 15, 2015 at 17:23

A Debbie Downer, taken from the name of the title character of a series of noted Saturday Night Live sketches.


A negative person.


a : lacking positive qualities; especially : disagreeable

b : marked by features of hostility, withdrawal, or pessimism that hinder or oppose constructive treatment or development M-W

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Consider negativist:

negativism: A habitual attitude of skepticism or resistance to the suggestions, orders, or instructions of others.

(American Heritage Dictionary)

Also, spoilsport might work:

someone who spoils other people’s fun



A [Stick in the Mud].1 It's a person who clings to the past or the way things have always been done and therefore not willing to listen to or try new ideas.

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