Saturday, April 25, 2009

Kumquat

Definition: (from dictionary.com)
-noun
1. a small, round or oblong citrus fruit having a sweet rind and acid pulp, used chiefly for preserves
2. any of several citrus shrubs of the genus Fortunella, native to China, that bear this fruit

Examples:
"Be sure to try our brand new kumquat flavored energy drink!"
"That boy has the IQ of a kumquat."

Origin: (from etymonline.com)
"1690s, from Chinese (Cantonese) kamkwat, from kam 'golden' + kwat 'orange.' Cantonese dialectal form of Chinese kin-ku."

Awkwardness rating: 6

Kumquats prepared for your enjoyment. (needsupply.com)

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Hobnob

Definition: (from dictionary.com)
-verb (used without object)
1. to associate on very friendly terms (usually followed by with)
2. archaic. to drink together
-noun
3. a friendly, informal chat

Examples:
"I wish I could go hobnob with the celebrities at the Oscars!"
"I don't think it's appropriate for you to hobnob with your professor like that."

Origin: (from etymonline.com)
"1763, 'to drink to each other,' from hob and nob (1756) 'to toast each other by turns, to buy alternate rounds of drinks,' from c.1550 hab nab 'to have or have not, hit or miss,' probably ultimately from Old English habban, nabban 'have, not have,' with the negative particle ne- attached, as was customary. Modern sense of 'socialize' is 1866."

Awkwardness rating: 5

A party is a great place to hobnob. (eventup.com)

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Schmo

Definition: (from dictionary.com)
-noun
1. slang. a foolish, boring, or stupid person

Examples:
"That schmo over there took the last cupcake."
"Quit being such a schmo and apologize to her."

Origin: (from etyomonline.com)
"also schmo, 'idiot, fool,' 1948, euphemized form of schmuck."

Awkwardness rating: 5

That schmo is eating my cupcake!
(dudeswithbeardseatingcupcakes.tumblr.com)

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Heebie-jeebies

Definition: (from dictionary.com)
-noun (used with a plural verb)
1. slang. a condition of extreme nervousness caused by fear, worry, strain, etc.; the jitters; the willies (usually preceded by the)

Examples:
"Yo Mama so ugly, her face gives me the heebie-jeebies."
"When you say you've got 'the heebie-jeebies' I can't tell if you mean you're scared or you have a bug infestation."

Origin: (from etymonline.com)
"1923, said to have been coined by U.S. cartoonist Billy De Beck (1890-1942), creator of 'Barney Google.'"

Awkwardness rating: 8

Even Dorothy gets the heebie-jeebies! (theartoftakingaction.com)

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Podunk

Definition: (from dictionary.com)
-noun
1. any small and insignificant or inaccessible town or village

Examples:
"This is the most podunk town I've ever been to - there isn't even a traffic light."
"He's from some podunk place upstate, so you really can't judge him on his fashion sense."

Origin: (from etymonline.com)
"legendary small town, 1846, originally the name of a small group of Indians who lived around the Podunk River in Connecticut; the tribe name is in colonial records from 1656 (as Potunck), from southern New England Algonquian (Mohegan or Massachusetts) Potunk, probably from pautaunke, from pot- 'to sink' + locative suffix -unk, thus "'boggy place.' Its popularity as the name of a typical (if mythical) U.S. small town dates from a series of witty 'Letters from Podunk' which ran in the 'Buffalo Daily National Pilot' newspaper beginning Jan. 5, 1846."

Awkwardness rating: 6

It's real! (eccentricroadside.blogspot.com)