Tuesday, June 19, 2012


Suggested by Adriana S.

Definition: (from dictionary.com)
1. assuming airs; pretentious; haughty
2. giddy; flighty

"The hoity-toity dog refused to eat anything except for filet mignon."
"Let's go to a hoity-toity restaurant for our anniversary and act like we have money."

Origin: (from etymonline.com)
"1660s, 'riotous behavior,' from earlier highty tighty 'frolicsome, flighty,' perhaps an alteration and reduplication of dialetcal hoyting 'acting the hoyden, romping' (1590s) see hoyden. Sense of 'haughty' first recorded late 1800s, probably on similarity of sound."

Awkwardness rating: 8

If you think I'm hoity-toity, you should see my owner. (boloji.com)

Thursday, June 7, 2012


Suggested by Nick Massa

Definition: (from dictionary.com)
1. surgical removal of foreign matter and dead tissue from a wound

"Breaking up with you was like debridement - I am much better off without you."
"After the candy store exploded, debridement of the employees turned up jelly beans, Sno Caps, and chocolate-covered raisins."

Origin: (from etymonline.com)
"'removal of damaged tissue from a wound,' 1839, from French débridement, literally 'an unbridling,' from dé- (see de-) + bride 'bridle,' from a Germanic source akin to Middle High German bridel."

Awkwardness Rating: 6

It was a rather interesting debridement procedure for the new
hospital intern. (zeitguised.wordpress.com)