Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Shilly-shally

Definition: (from dictionary.com)
-verb (used without object)
1. to show indecision or hesitation; be irresolute; vacillate
2. to waste time; dawdle
-noun
3. irresolution; indecision; vacillation
-adjective
4. irresolute; undecided; vacillating
-adverb
5. irresolutely

Examples:
"My girlfriend said I can't shilly-shally about our future together. Why would she think I was dancing about our relationship?"
"Congress seems to be stuck in permanent shilly-shally these days."

Origin: (from etymonline.com)
"'to vacillate,' 1782, from adverbial expression to stand shilly-shally (1703), earlier shill I, shall I (1700), a fanciful reduplication of shall I? (cf. wishy-washy, dilly-dally, etc.). From 1734 as an adjective, by 1755 as a noun."

Awkwardness rating: 7
C'mon everybody, do the shilly-shally! (mid-centurypink.blogspot.com)

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Tipple

Definition: (from dictionary.com)
-verb (used without object)
1. to drink intoxicating liquor, especially habitually or to some excess
-verb (used with object)
2. to drink (intoxicating liquor), especially repeatedly, in small quantities
-noun
3. intoxicating liquor

Examples:
"He told me he went to tipple at the local bar and I found him asleep on a park bench the next morning."
"After tippling all weekend, Brad experienced the longest Monday of his life at the office."

Origin: (from etymonline.com)
"1530s, 'sell alcoholic liquor by retail,' of unknown origin, possibly from a Scandinavian source (e.g. Norwegian dialectal tipla 'to drink slowly or in small quantities'). Meaning 'drink (alcoholic beverage) too much' is first attested 1550s."

Awkwardness rating: 7

If you tipple all weekend, Monday might look like this. (richardtimothy.com)