Wednesday, August 14th, 2013

Swivet – Wacky Word Wednesday

We here at T for Translation have had butterflies in our stomachs all week, waiting for this week’s Wacky Word Wednesday to come around. Good thing the wait is over, as we were having trouble getting things done due to our over-excitement (or was it just extreme anxiety at the thought of having to churn out something that could be considered even slightly clever for another week?). Regardless of what we owe our recent flighty mood to, here’s this week’s wacky word.

Today’s definition from Termwiki.com:

swiv·et

[swi-vet]

-noun

A state of nervous excitement, haste, or anxiety; Extreme distress or discomposure


Oxford dictionary traces the origin of the word swivet to somewhere in the late 19th century. Merriam-Webster dictionary places the word more precisely in 1892. However, any other information regarding the history of the word and how it came to be in present day use is apparently unknown.

Below are a few sentences you can use as examples next time you’re chatting with your friends and want to casually slip the word swivet into the conversation.

  • Little Lionel’s heart was in a swivet ; he wanted to speak, but the words were stuck in his throat. It was the happiest day of his young, third grade life, as his crush, Adventurous Annie, had just given him a Valentine’s day card that oh-so-romantically stated “If kisses were snowflakes, I’d send you a blizzard.”
  • Despite having the powers of a god, even Superman gets in a swivet when interacting with Batman. It’s safe to say, the Man of Steel learned very quickly never to back-sass the Dark Knight.
  • Whenever I’m swimming in a large body of water, I hear the JAWS theme for some strange reason, and my entire person gets in a swivet.

Hopefully there isn’t anything this week which has, or will put you in a swivet. Most importantly, hopefully you don’t cross paths with the Batman. If Superman is made anxious by his presence, who knows what effect he could have on the average person? Make your way back here next week for the newest wacky word.

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