Friday, January 31, 2014


Definition: (from
1. tiny; small

"The only kind of bug I like is the teensy-weensy kind."
"My teensy-weensy puppy has grown into a behemoth!"

Origin: (from
"1825, alteration of tiny; teeny-tiny attested from 1867. Alternative form teensy is attested from 1899 (teensy-weensy is from 1906). Also teenty (1844)."

Awkwardness rating: 8

I used to be teensy-weensy like you. (

Saturday, January 18, 2014


Definition: (from
1. a plural of phalanx (anatomy. any of the bones of the fingers or toes)
2. plural of phalange

"I got all the phalanges in my hand broken when I was little and fell off my bike."
"I'm frozen all the way down to my phalanges!"

Origin: (from
"mid-15c., 'phalanx, ancient military division,' from Middle French phalange 'phalanx' (13c.), from Latin phalangem (nominative phalanx); see phalanx. It is the earlier form of this word in English."

Awkwardness rating: 6

Even kittens need to keep their phalanges warm. (