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In American English we can be "pissed off" or "really pissed". What idioms does Esperanto have to describe a state of being very upset?

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There are many expressions related to anger - beyond kolera and kolerega. Here are a few I found after a brief check in PIV.

  • boli de koleroB
  • bolas kolero en lia koro
  • ĉe tiu demando la sango ekbolis en liB.
  • eksplodi de furiozo, de kolero
  • li eksplodis, dirante ke […]Z.
  • mi estas tute furioza, ke mi staras kiel malpravulo, dum mi estas pravaZ
  • flama koleroZ

As a side note, notice that the definition of furiozi is not esti furioza, but rather it's agi furioze. It's always necessary to use care when expressing adjectives as verbs.

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The language is relatively idiom free because it is supposed to be international in nature.

Pissed off = Kolerega - Mi estas kolerega

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  • All languages have idioms. Being an international language doesn't hamper this at all "ne krokodilu" ONLY makes sense in Esperanto and is an idiom. Furthermore idioms help bind people of a culture together. They're like inside jokes, and shared pieces of communal history. Being "pissed off" is not identical to being "very upset". – masukomi Dec 19 '16 at 15:31
  • @masukomi In that case, I don't think there is a matching idiom in Esperanto – Lumo5 Dec 19 '16 at 15:50
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    Lumo5 is correct that the language is relatively idiom-free. Yes, there are some – krokodili and prifajfi spring immediately to mind – but really not many at all. There's plenty of figurative use of language, metaphors, similes, allusions, irony, litotes, parisosis, and the like; but idioms, whose meaning by definition is non-obvious to someone who knows the individual words but not the expression as a whole, are anathema to a language whose fundamental purpose is to facilitate communication as a learned second language. – Tim Morley Dec 19 '16 at 21:49
  • "idioms ... are anathema to a language whose fundamental purpose is to facilitate communication as a learned second language." - I see why someone would come to that conclusion, but to accept that means you can't build an Esperanto community / culture because all communities / cultures have internal knowledge and behavior that are weird / senseless to outsiders. – masukomi Dec 20 '16 at 19:43
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    @masukomi What I was told is that Esperanto doesn't have many idioms because idioms are based on culture, and Esperanto has a huge variety of cultures that spans the world. Idioms would therefore be cryptic from one region to another, and cause a hindrance of communication – Lumo5 Dec 21 '16 at 13:51

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