Writer's write for the love of language. Well, I did anyway. I keep seeing a word popping up I was unfamiliar with. You know, one of those au courant words, like bespoke - overused and a little tiresome. Anyway, I looked up twee. I was even shocked it was in my tattered 1970's version of Webster's, (notice the twee little flowers I found pressed in my dictionary).
Twee, an adjective, means childish, clever, dainty, elegant, cute or sweet. Yet, I am seeing it used not only as an adjective, but as a proper noun and even plural.
Twees, it seems, like thrift store cardigans, cats, Ira Glass of NPR fame. Portlandia is uber twee, and how about the greatest post war existentialist, Charlie Brown of Peanuts fame.
Twees are diarists and tend to form attachments to their beloved records, books and even movies. An iconic band, Neutral Milk Hotel is twee and Zooey Deschanel is supposedly the Oprah of Twee. So, I surmise Twees are the new nerds. Guess we are all a little Twee.
It all leaves me scratching my head. Twee - tweeer - tweeest? Twee - twang - twung?
My summation - huh?