Anyone can file a complaint, but Coudert says the idea of bringing the allegations himself “felt weird because I am not … based in the U.S. and I know none of these people.” But after he called out NAS on Twitter, President Marcia McNutt responded: “FILE A COMPLAINT already.

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What is the meaning of the phrase "FILE A COMPLAINT already"? Does it mean "There is already a complaint filed (as opposed to what Coudert felt - 'there is no complaint that I know")"?

The problem in my understanding probably comes from the difficulty of my grasping what Coudert said - "the idea of bringing the allegations himself." I am not sure what he actually means. It sounds that he would make a complaint against himself. It's odd and I believe I've misunderstood the grammar.


"FILE A COMPLAINT already" is a command to file a complaint, and it has the implied emotion of someone who is "tired of waiting" and "just want to get this [thing] done and over"

Other examples:
"DO YOUR WORK already"

as for "bringing the allegations himself", that means he is coming to the institution and bringing over the allegations (the complaints; the offending matters) himself (i.e. not waiting for somebody else to do it)

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    Thank you. So "already" is an informal usage that is used to express exasperation or impatience (like "Let's go already!")?
    – NewPlanet
    Jul 22 at 3:46
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    yes, exactly as you said!
    – Jafar
    Jul 22 at 3:49
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    This use of "already" is US English. A UK or AU speaker would just leave out the "already".
    – Peter
    Jul 22 at 6:00
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    I think this usage came to US English via Yiddish. Jul 22 at 8:16

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