I am writing a blog post where I complain about something others may see as a favorable situation: I am getting too many unannounced phone calls with job offers. They come during work hours and interrupt my concentration, though.

So, in my post, I am asking recruiters to shoot me an e-mail first. I am trying to be polite there, so I'd like to say a more elegant version of "I know I'm complaining despite having it good, but..."

I have heard the term "First World Problems" in this context, but that don't fit exactly here.

What's a nice word or idiom to describe this situation?

  • kvetch.........
    – Drew
    Jun 17, 2017 at 15:10
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    "an embarrassment of riches"?
    – Xanne
    Jun 17, 2017 at 21:50
  • Oh thank you! An embarrassment of riches is exactly that. Overabundance of a good thing, says the dictionary. I'll use that one. Jun 18, 2017 at 7:20

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Grouse -- ODO

(verb) Complain about something trivial; grumble
she heard him grousing about his assistant

(noun) A complaint or grumble
our biggest grouse was about the noise of construction work

See it's synonyms for more.

  • perhaps Gripe is also a good term, though I see it is listed as a synonym in several places. Jun 22, 2017 at 16:45
  • @PV22 Yeah, and there's more where that came from. Hence the last line in my answer "see it's synonyms".
    – NVZ
    Jun 22, 2017 at 16:52

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