I m wondering whether I can use misery and misery guts the same way, such as in this sentence :

You re such a...

Does this mean the same thing?

I understood that both means to be in a bad mood

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    Sorry, I don't understand what your question is..I've never heard anyone say that someone is a "misery guts." Have you, actually? – Robusto Feb 12 at 8:08
  • I ve read it online.. You didn't? . – Marine Galantin Feb 12 at 8:26
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    @Robusto It's definitely a British expression, though it's more of a working class expression than Standard English. I don't know if it's used elsewhere but I have a feeling that I've heard it on Australian TV programmes. – BoldBen Feb 12 at 10:27
  • @BoldBen In Ireland we say : he's such such a misery guts. We wouldn't normally say he's such such a misery – k1eran Feb 19 at 1:49
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    @k1eran Both are used in England, but he's such a misery can be thought of as being a bit "posher" than he's such a misery guts. – BoldBen Feb 20 at 23:12

The short answer is no, or at least they shouldn't. Then again, we can't rule out individual idiosyncrasies. "Misery guts" is a mild insult, whereas "misery" on its own is merely a noun. However, if I take that noun and use it to say (usually in a condescending tone) "You're a right misery today", that would be virtually synonymous with "You're a right misery guts today". So, my final answer would be that yes, some people may use them both the same way, but I would advise non-native speakers against attempting to do so, due to the risk of not quite getting it right.

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