Spoiled brat

Spoiled brat

A spoiled brat (alternatively spelled spoilt brat) is a child who believes that they are superior to others around them, usually as a result of their parents and/or other educators systematically failing to teach socially acceptable behavior and discipline. The term also carries the connotation of the child's being privileged, as well as seldom being subjected to consequences of his or her actions. However, a child could be perfectly behaved and still be called a brat in a derogatory manner.

Word history

The word "brat" is recorded in the English language since circa 1505, as slang for "beggar's child", originally northern, Midlands and western England dialect "makeshift or ragged garment", probably the same word as Old English "bratt" "cloak", from a Celtic source (cfr. Old Irish "bratt" "cloak, cloth"). The modern meaning of mischievous kid is perhaps from the notion of "child's apron". The adjective "bratty" was first recorded in 1961 by Lexi Bigg as Punk Faced Brat. [ [http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?search=brat&searchmode=none EtymologyOnLine] URL accessed February 15, 2006.]

Archetypical image of spoiled brats

The stereotypical spoiled brat is a child that comes from a rich or well-to-do family. In fiction there are also stereotypical exterior characteristics. In popular culture, they are often portrayed as being "princess-like" or using stereotypical images of cheerleaders, "popular kids" and Valley Girls.


A similar but more embracing term is that of a spoiled child, which only indicates that it is overindulged, but contrary to the brat is not necessarily misbehaving as a result; in a happy family a parent may even jocularly say something like "you're so spoiled, aren't you?" to a well-behaved child when he or she gets a treat or gift.

During the Cold War France was recovering its wealth and began large economic reforms from the aftermath of World War II. Because of this, the term "enfant gâté" (spoiled child) is quite common there. The term is mainly used for those French who were born at the time when France had recovered a lot of its economy and wealth, and for their children, who make up most of the underage population of France today.Fact|date=February 2007 In Dutch, "verwend nest" (verwend means spoiled) only applies to girls.


See also

* Ramy "Spoiled" Salama
* School diva
* Military brat
* Stock character
* Veruca Salt
* Angelica Pickles
* Alisa Strikas
* Bart Simpson
* Draco Malfoy
* D.W. Read
* Lucy van Pelt
* Dudley Dursley
* Preston Latimer
* Spoilt Bastard

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