[LMB] bemused by bemused

M R L Dolbear m.dolbear at lineone.net
Sat Sep 5 00:44:31 BST 2015

From: Lois McMaster Bujold
Sent: Friday, September 4, 2015 7:31 AM

Micki:  I feel this is one of your signature words. The other one that
springs to mind is when someone "twigs" (finally understands, has that large 
clue-brick drop) to something. It flavors your writing, and I'd miss it if 
you went strictly for first-definition words.

As a Brit I think of twig (verb) as a little old fashioned - Stalky & Co or 
Greyfriars school stories and don't use it myself

However calling up Google Ngram for 'twigged'


Shows US and GB about the same frequency in 1920 but a drop in USs usage and 
continuing use in GB

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Michael Dolbear in Walton-on-Thames

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