September 12, 2012
- pussyfoot (verb)
- What does it mean?
- 1 : to walk or move in a careful or sneaky manner2 : to avoid taking a firm stand (as in a dispute)
- How do you use it?
- No matter how hard the children tried to avoid being noticed, they could never successfully pussyfoot their way past their mom.
- Are you a word wiz?
Which one of these words do you think pussyfooted its way into English at about the same time as today's Buzzword?The year 1903 saw the first east-west transatlantic radio broadcast from the U.S. to England, and the use of "radio," to mean "the sending or receiving of signals using electromagnetic waves without a connecting wire." "Wireless," which means much the same thing, came with it. A number of other now familiar words were also new back then. People without ready cash could shop with a "charge account," eat "chow mein," read a "newsletter," and watch a "cheerleader" urge a team on to victory. They could also call a "firefighter" in case of an emergency.