Don’t even pretend you’ve never experienced and/or displayed this one.

You know you have.

Probably when you were hungry (i.e. hangry = the state of being hungry and angry all at once).

Or maybe when you’ve just had “one of those days.” You know the ones: when you lose things, the dog gets out, the children get sick, the deadline looms, and you just can’t take one more thing slipping sideways on you.

What is alharaca, anyway?

(n.) an extraordinary or violent emotional reaction to something small and insignificant.

Can you say hissy-fit?

Photo by Fox Film Corporation via Wikimedia Commons.

Embarrassing as a moment of alharaca can be in hindsight, we’ve all been there. You don’t have to be Nellie Olsen, Miss Piggy, or the Queen of Hearts; even the least drama-queen-like of us farmgirls can relate.

As a wise woman once said, “Pardon me while I overreact irrationally.”


  1. Lisa Von Saunder says:

    When I was growing up in the south, they called it ” having kittens”. Yep I’ve been there, haven’t we all? And in hindsight it’s always something so stupid that sets you off, the proverbial ” straw that broke the camel’s back”

  2. Karlyne says:

    Finally, a word to define the crimson blush of inconsequent rage! Thank you!

  3. Michele Bilka says:

    And I thought I was antiquated by using the term “hissy-fit”. Have you ever noticed it’s usually not used on men but on children up to the age of about 19 & females of all ages. ;))

  4. Krista says:

    Yep! I can admit that I have been there. Seems like my hissy-fits occur more on the cranky/whinny baby days. There must be a connection lol!

  5. Winnie Nielsen says:

    Oh yeh, I can relate 100%!! I’ve had many of those kind of moments in my life. Now, instead of a rage, I just sort of slump into a chair and feel weary until the “spell” passes and I can move on.

  6. Karlyne says:

    Yes, to for and to!

  7. Chrissy says:

    Well, with the nickname of “Chrissy” and a genetic temperament, “hissy-fit” was used commonly around me. Now I just get this mostly at work, when I haven’t had time to take a lunch break and I call it being “hangry.”

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