CAROLYN'S COMPOSITIONS

November 30, 2013

New Words: Selfie, Footle, Splenetic, & Twerk


CAROLYN’S COMPOSITIONS

NEW WORDS:

SELFIE, FOOTLE, SPLENETIC, & TWERK

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 twerk performance, during which she uploaded a selfie on her social media accounts.

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(A NaBloPoMo post)

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1 Comment »

  1. Interesting I learned a new word !”spanging” if that’s how its spelled, is asking people if they got “spare change”. Dmitri (raymond DMITRI beljan)

    On Nov 30, 2013 2:01 AM, “CAROLYN’S COMPOSITIONS” wrote: > > carolyncholland posted: “CAROLYNS COMPOSITIONS NEW WORDS: SELFIE, FOOTLE, SPLENETIC, & TWERK Today Im 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” >

    Comment by Dmitri Beljan — November 30, 2013 @ 4:37 am | Reply


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