1. Snootful: the amount of alcohol it takes to get drunk
This somewhat imprecise term first appeared in the OED in 1918. Imagine getting to have this conversation: “How much did you drink last night?” “Pretty much a snootful.”
2. Peanutty: small, child-like, trivial
“Peanutty” as an adjective meaning something closer to “petty” than “having the taste of peanuts” was first cited in the OED in 1922.
3. Hotsy-totsy: appropriate, just right; later: pretentious or snobbish
First cited in the OED in 1924, hotsy-totsy has meant a few different things.
4. Palooka: clumsy, loutish person
The term “palooka” was first cited in the Oxford English Dictionary in 1920, and was also used as the surname for a comic book character created that year.
5. Skosh: a little bit
This noun, first cited in the OED in 1959, is taken from the Japanese word “sukoshi” meaning “a little.”
6. Tickety-boo: correct, okay
This sprightly adjective was first cited in the OED in 1939.
7. Bippy: buttocks, ass
First popularized by the TV show Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In, in which “you bet your sweet bippy” was a catchphrase, this fun little word first appeared in the OED in 1968.
8. Twitterpated: lovestruck, foolish
Well, this one has a special new relevance! The adjective was first cited in the OED in 1942.
9. Nastygram: an angry, insulting missive
Another word with potential new social media relevance, “nastygram” was first cited in the OED in 1966.
10. Judder: a verb that (probably) combines “shudder” and “jitter”
This term, first cited by the OED in 1931, is so good and descriptive!
11. Yegg: burglar, safecracker
This term, first cited in the OED in 1903, is thought to be taken from an American thief from the era, though that theory hasn’t been confirmed.
12. Noodge: to pester, nag
This word (borrowed from Yiddish, where it’s still common) was first cited in the OED in 1960.
13. Himbo: male version of “bimbo;” an attractive, spacey man
This word, first cited in the OED in 1988, is delightful. HIMbo.
14. Cerealist: one who partakes in the popular all-cereal diet (!)
Appearing in the OED in 1905, which was apparently a magical year for everyone, is the word “cerealist,” which reflected the popularity of the all-cereal “health fad” from that year.
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