We need a name for the organ that takes offence - in the spirit of "heart" to mean the seat of love. Then we could say of someone "He wears his @@@@ on his sleeve".
A good suggestion. - A made-up organ or a real one?
I suppose a real one might be best, but "spleen" is taken and, anyway, in these literal days, some dozy berk will say "ah, no, but it doesn't do that". Or should we just say "he wears his socialism on his sleeve"? No, because it could refer to envy or resentment, not necessarily vicariously-claiming-to-take-offence-on-behalf-of-someone-else-you've-not-even-consulted-about-it. In fact, perhaps all we need is a new verb, not a mythological organ. Anyway, why isn't there a Greek word for it?
Perhaps there's a German word for it? That language is a rich source of useful nouns and verbs that meet unlikely needs.
May I ask what the word "fewtril" means?
"Fewtril" means "trifle" or "little matter", and is a Lancashire dialect word found usually only in the plural.
VFTS, I've got the translation - "Taking offence on behalf of other people who purportedly would do so if only their social antennae were more finely tuned". Now, who's got the German? Or, how about Welsh?
I should have trouble fitting all that into one word. I humbly submit, therefore, the following German word:Fremdanstoßnehmensübernehmer.("Adopter of another's offence-taking.")
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