September 12, 2012
pussyfoot (verb)
\PUSS-ee-foot\ Hear it!
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.
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