Wednesday, January 6, 2010


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

"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
"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. (

Saturday, January 2, 2010


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

"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
"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! (