I'm looking for an adjective that can express the meaning of “drama queen”, but I’m not limited to that option.

drama queen n. Informal. a person who often has exaggerated or overly emotional reactions to events or situations - Dictionary.com

If a person, a place or an institution sets many petty rules that you find annoying, make demands that you find unnecessary, how do you ridicule him/her/it? The rebuttal should let them know they are fussy; the more colloquial the better. Rude expressions are OK too. English is my second language.

For example, you enter an office, take off your bag and put it somewhere. The worker there tells you that you can’t put your bag there. Now, in my native language there's an adjective that means “he/the institution has many petty, unnecessary rules”. Suppose that adjective is X. I can just say:

Why are you so X?”

Now I’d like to know how you express that in English.

  • You should give an example of the sentence in which you intend to use the word of phrase.
    – Greybeard
    Jun 19 at 9:46
  • One option would be middle school. For example, "Give me a break. You're being so middle school." But why does it have to be an adjective? What about "Do you have to be such a drama queen about this?" for example? Jun 19 at 10:19
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    What you describe isn’t a drama queen but rather a prima donna. I’d say demanding and entitled are the right adjectives.
    – Dan Bron
    Jun 19 at 11:21
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    dictionary.com defines drama queen as "a person who often has exaggerated or overly emotional reactions to events or situations". Is this what you mean?
    – Stuart F
    Jun 19 at 11:47
  • Prima-donna is certainly used as a premodifier (Lexico). Drama-queen in prenominal position would be rarer. Jun 19 at 13:59


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