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)

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