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Oct 5, 2017
This week’s theme
Words that sound taboo, but aren’t

This week’s words
cocksure
pudency
menstruum
titter
cunctative

titter
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titter

PRONUNCIATION:
(TIT-uhr)

MEANING:
verb intr.: To laugh in a nervous, restrained manner.
noun: A nervous, restrained laugh.

ETYMOLOGY:
Of imitative origin. Earliest documented use: 1625.

USAGE:
“Working from home as a self-employed proofreader was incredibly solitary -- zero banter with colleagues, no office politics to chunter about, and, on the rare occasion she found something to titter about in her reading matter -- like an extra ‘t’ added to the word ‘far’, there was nobody to titter with.”
Alice Ross; The Cotswolds Cookery Club: A Taste of Italy; HarperCollins; 2017.

See more usage examples of titter in Vocabulary.com’s dictionary.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
Curious that we spend more time congratulating people who have succeeded than encouraging people who have not. -Neil deGrasse Tyson, astrophysicist and author (b. 5 Oct 1958)

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