Saturday, May 30, 2009

Fuddyduddy

Definition: (from dictionary.com)
-noun
1. a person who is stuffy, old-fashioned, and conservative
2. a person who is fussy or picayune about details; fussbudget
-adjective
3. stuffy, old-fashioned, and conservative
4. fussy; picayune

Examples:
"My Mom can be such a fuddyduddy about dating."
"Whenever you want to stop being such a fuddyduddy, maybe we can have some fun."

Origin: (from dictionary.com)
1900–05; of obscure origin

Awkwardness rating: 5

Everyone's favorite fuddyduddy. (quickboise.com)

Monday, May 11, 2009

Fussbudget

Definition: (from dictionary.com)
-noun
1. a fussy or needlessly fault-finding person

Examples:
"Mariah Carey is rumored to be a big fussbudget."
"You have overspent your fuss budget for the day, you fussbudget!"

Origin: (from etymonline.com)
"1904, from fuss (n.) + budget (n.). One of several similar formulations around this time: Cf. fussbox (1901); fusspot (1921)."

Awkwardness rating: 8

I'm only a fussbudget if my hair isn't perfect. (thedivarules.tumblr.com)

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Tot

Definition: (from dictionary.com)
-noun
1. a small child

Examples:
"Someone needs to put a leash on that little tot over there."
"This doll would be perfect for a tot!"

Origin: (from etymonline.com)
"'little child,' 1725, Scottish, of uncertain origin, perhaps a shortened form of totter, or related to Old Norse tottr, nickname of a dwarf (cf. Swedish tutte 'little child,' Danish tommel-tot 'little child,' in which the first element means 'thumb'). Tot-lot 'play ground for young children' is recorded from 1944."

Awkwardness rating: 5

A tot and her teddy bear. (kidztrainer.com)