Monday, August 24, 2015


Definition: (from
-verb (used without object)
1. to engage in a petty quarrel
-verb (used with object)
2. Printing. to disarrange and mix (composed type)
3. a petty quarrel

"There was a heated squabble over the last piece of cake at the party. After that, holidays were awkward for years."
"The couple began to squabble about who would pay the check. You can guess who lost that one."

Origin: (from
"c. 1600, probably from a Scandinavian source and of imitative origin (compare dialectal Swedish skvabbel 'a quarrel, a dispute,' dialectal German schwabbeln 'to babble, prattle'). The verb also is from c. 1600."

Awkwardness rating: 7


Monday, August 10, 2015


Definition: (from
1. the thick-bodied, sluggish larva of several insects, as of a scarab beetle
2. a dull, plodding person; drudge
3. an unkempt person
4. Slang. food; victuals
5. any remaining roots or stumps after cutting vegetation to clear land for farming
-verb (used with object), grubbed, grubbing
6. to dig; clear of roots, stumps, etc.
7. to dig up by the roots; uproot (often followed by up or out)
8. Slang. to supply with food; feed
9. Slang. to scrounge
-verb (used without object), grubbed, grubbing
10. to dig; search by or as if by digging
11. to lead a laborious or groveling life; drudge
12. to engage in laborious study
13. Slang. to eat; take food
"I'm starving - can we get some grub?"
"Why don't you do some laundry; you look like a grub!"

Origin: (from
"'larva of an insect,' early 15c., perhaps from grub (v.) on the notion of 'digging insect,' or from the possibly unrelated Middle English grub 'dwarfish fellow' (c. 1400). Meaning 'dull drudge' is 1650s. The slang sense of 'food' is first recorded 1650s, said to be from birds eating grubs, but also often linked with bub 'drink.'"

Awkwardness rating: 6

Look at all that grub! (