Monday, January 30, 2012

Plop

Definition: (from dictionary.com)
-verb (used without object)
1. to make a sound like that of something falling or dropping into water
2. to fall with such a sound
3. to drop or fall with full force or direct impact
-noun
6. a plopping sound or fall
7. the act of plopping

Examples:
"The dolphin flipped in the air and returned to the water with a plop."
"I got home from work and plopped on the couch until dinner was ready."

Origin: (from etymonline.com)
"1821, imitative of the sound of a smooth object dropping into water."

Awkwardness rating: 5

Best to plop at home instead of the office. (imageshack.us)

Monday, January 16, 2012

Dinky

Definition: (from dictionary.com)
-adjective
1. informal. small, unimportant, unimpressive, or shabby

Examples:
"The engagement ring was so dinky that I refused him."
"I can't eat just this dinky salad; I need real food!"

Origin: (from etymonline.com)
"1788 'neat, trim, dainty, small,' from Scottish dialectal dink "finely dressed, trim" (c.1500), of unknown origin. Modern sense is 1850s."

Awkwardness rating: 4

The diamond was so dinky I had to squint to see it. (weheartit.com)

Monday, January 9, 2012

Gewgaw

Definition: (from dictionary.com)
-noun
1. something gaudy and useless; trinket; bauble

Examples:
"Many of the collectors on 'American Pickers' have a big collection of gewgaws."
"Yard sales are always full of interesting gewgaws."

Origin: (from etymonline.com)
"early 13c., giuegaue, contemptuous reduplication, possibly connected with Old French gogue 'rejoicing, jubilation; joke, prank, mockery, game;' or jou-jou 'toy,' baby-talk word, from jouer 'to play,' from Latin jocare (see joke)."

Awkwardness rating: 8

What gewgaws will I find today? (channelvation.com)