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|Subject:||An elusive word|
Good evening. For years I have been searching for the word which
describes the following action:
* two people who, upon accidentally meeting face-to-face as they
walk towards each other, move left then right then left again in a
comical yet unsuccessful attempt to bypass one another.
Please put me out of my misery.
A good example of a concept for which most of us don't have a word. Time to promote 'bobbing'?
While on this topic, how about a word for 'surfaces of a room' (i.e. any or all of ceiling, floor, wall)?
And here are some I recommend (some of which are making international headway):
From Singapore/Malaysian English: 'kiasu' (keen to get the best for self).
From my native Middlesbrough: 'cotter' (a tangle in the hair)
From India: 'prepone' (to bring an event forward)
From Australia: 'bottom out' (to hit the bottom of the car on using an overly steep driveway)
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