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Subject: An elusive word
Question: 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. Regards Michael
Reply: 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) Anthea
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Date: 21-Jul-2013
 
Other Replies:
  1. Re: An elusive word    Steven Schaufele     (24-Jul-2013)
  2. Re: An elusive word    Madalena Cruz-Ferreira     (22-Jul-2013)
  3. Re: An elusive word    M J Hardman     (18-Jul-2013)
  4. Re: An elusive word    Geoffrey Richard Sampson     (19-Jul-2013)

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