first world problem

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

First World + problem

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  • First World problem

Noun[edit]

first world problem (plural first world problems)

  1. a frustration or complaint only experienced by privileged individuals in wealthy countries
    • 1995, Matthew Good Band, “Omissions of the Omen” (song), in Last of the Ghetto Astronauts (album): 
      Someone would love to have my first world problems
      Kill the moon and turn out the sun
      Lock your door and load your gun
      Free at last now the time has come to choose
    • 2010 April 6, MC Frontalot, “First World Problem” (song), in Zero Day (album): 
      Phone's OS is outta date (first world problem)
      Colors won't calibrate (first world problem)
      They never stock the snack you want (first world problem)
      Caught herpes from a celebutante (first world problem)
      Got wallhacked in PVP (first world problem)
      Oh no, HD-DVD (first world problem)
    • 2012 February 13, “The 'Top 100 First World Problems' According to Scooter Magruder (Video)”, Huffington Post, accessed on 2012-02-28:
      First world problems are not legitimate problems, but the minuscule annoyances that occur on a day-to-day basis in well-off, developed countries. Low cell phone battery? #firstworldproblems. Your hot water takes a while to get hot? #firstworldproblems.
    • 2012 February 17, Campbell, Jeremy, “'It's a First-World problem'”, Fox 13 News:
      "My brand new phone got scratched on the first day that I got it," said Monica Menkis. That's a First World problem.
    • For more examples of usage of this term, see the citations page.

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