Saturday, February 27, 2010

Twaddle

Definition: (from dictionary.com)
-noun
1. trivial, feeble, silly, or tedious talk or writing

Examples:
"My partner's half of the project was complete twaddle."
"I can't stand the twaddle from some sales people; they go on and on about useless information when all I really want to know is how much it costs."

Origin: (from etymonline.com)
"'silly talk,' 1782, probably from twattle (1550s), of obscure origin."

Awkwardness rating: 8

Enough twaddle; what's the cost? (smallbiztrends.com)

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Dangle

Definition: (from dictionary.com)
-verb (used without object)
1. to hang loosely, especially with a jerking or swaying motion

Examples:
"He dangled a toy spider in her face while she was napping. She was not amused."
"The old tire swing dangled from a rope on the crooked tree."

Origin: (from etymonline.com)
"1590s, probably from Scandinavian (cf. Danish dangle, Swedish dangla 'to swing about,' Norwegian dangla), perhaps via North Frisian dangeln."

Awkwardness rating: 8
The dangling spider: terrifying in any situation. (momenta.com)

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Skulduggery

Definition: (from dictionary.com)
-noun
1. dishonorable proceedings; mean dishonesty or trickery
2. an instance of dishonest or deceitful behavior; trick

Examples:
"The sale was a skulduggery. You got a discount initially, but you paid for it in a processing fee!"
"I see right through your skulduggery - I saw you kissing someone else!"

Origin: (from etymonline.com)
"1856, apparently an alteration of Scottish sculdudrie 'adultery' (1713), sculduddery 'bawdry, obscenity' (1821), a euphemism of uncertain origin."

Awkwardness rating: 6

The lipstick stains reveal your skulduggery! (sheknows.com)