Dander: (informal) Anger; temper
Bruce Banner generously offered a warning before he turned into the Incredible Hulk.
“Don’t make me angry. You wouldn’t like it when I’m angry.”
It gets me thinking.
Do we really like it when anyone’s angry?
Men have been known to say they think girls are cute when they get miffed. (But I just think that’s the horniness talking.)
If you stop and think about it, is anyone on Earth improved with the implementation of anger?
So even though the old phrase, “get your dander up” is no longer used, it’s modern-day equivalent of “you piss me off” is equally bizarre.
Because “dander” is nothing more than the dried flakes of the scalp, which we normally refer to as dandruff.
And “piss” is just something we squeeze out of our body several times a day, so we don’t bust.
Nobody is better when they’re angry.
Even people who think they have a righteous indignation almost always end up overdoing it—either getting too ferocious with their temper, or verbose with their complaints.
And although anger is an unattractive portion of the human experience, it seems to be written about, portrayed, discussed, displayed and commiserated more than any other emotion.
I think, deep inside us, we enjoy getting angry. It lets off some of the steam that’s been simmering because we feel cheated, left out or disrespected.
I guess that’s the power of saying yes when you mean yes and saying no when you mean no.
Because if you don’t, all that frustration piles up in your little head and eventually—sometimes unexpectedly—it pours out in some of the ugliest displays imaginable.
So maybe “get your dander up” is an excellent term for being angry.
Because generally speaking, after we get angry, we sure do feel like a flake.