Monday, January 30, 2012


Definition: (from
-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
6. a plopping sound or fall
7. the act of plopping

"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
"1821, imitative of the sound of a smooth object dropping into water."

Awkwardness rating: 5

Best to plop at home instead of the office. (

Monday, January 16, 2012


Definition: (from
1. informal. small, unimportant, unimpressive, or shabby

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

Origin: (from
"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. (

Monday, January 9, 2012


Definition: (from
1. something gaudy and useless; trinket; bauble

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

Origin: (from
"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? (