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Saturday, November 30, 2013

thanks to Carolyn for the morning chuckle!

Today I’m introducing four new-to-me words:
  • Selfie
  • Footle
  • Splenetic
  • Twerk
Selfie: a photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically one taken with a smartphone or webcam and uploaded to a social media website. Selfie was chosen as the Oxford Dictionaries 2013 word of the year.
Footle: Act foolishly, as by talking nonsense---classifed as a verb of political and social activities and events
I found this word in a Colin McNickle opinion column in which he explained the word dates back to 1892, and means talking or acting foolishly or wasting time.
Splenetic: of or relating to the spleen, affected by ill humor or irritability; a person regarded as irritable. I came across this word in the novel The Coquette (page 265).
Twerk:  dance to popular music in a sexually provocative manner involving thrusting hip movements and a low, squatting dance to popular music in a sexually provocative manner involving thrusting hip movements and a low, squatting. Twerk was NOT the word of the year in 2013, being beaten out in a close race by the word selfie.
USE OF THESE FOUR WORDS IN THE SAME SENTENCE
Melanie became splenetic when she heard a friend describe her as footle after her twerkperformance, during which she uploaded a selfie on her social media accounts.