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Friday, March 29, 2013

swivet

\SWIV-it\ , noun;
1.
a state of nervous excitement, haste, or anxiety; flutter: I was in such a swivet that I could hardly speak.
Quotes:
This sent her into a larger swivet, but its ferocity now didn't faze Susan. She now knew the deal.
-- Douglas Coupland, Miss Wyoming, 2010
Benny had warned Patsy about this; the mother, he said, was in a swivet about the plea.
-- Michelle Huneven, Blame, 2010
Origin:
Swivet is of unknown origin. While American English speakers started using this term in the late 1800s, it didn’t cross the pond to the UK until the 1920s.
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