[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'

https://books.google.com/ngrams/graph?content=twigged%3Aeng_gb_2012%2Ctwigged%3Aeng_us_2012&case_insensitive=on&year_start=1850&year_end=2000&corpus=15&smoothing=10&share=&direct_url=t4%3B%2Ctwigged%3Aeng_gb_2012%3B%2Cc0%3B%2Cs0%3B%3Btwigged%3Aeng_gb_2012%3B%2Cc0%3B%3BTwigged%3Aeng_gb_2012%3B%2Cc0%3B.t4%3B%2Ctwigged%3Aeng_us_2012%3B%2Cc0%3B%2Cs0%3B%3Btwigged%3Aeng_us_2012%3B%2Cc0%3B%3BTwigged%3Aeng_us_2012%3B%2Cc0

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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