Saturday, October 28, 2006

me? twee?

I found this review of my site:

Inspire company, besides having a charming site, has some lovely gifty ideas. Although some of their things are a bit twee, who wouldn't like the toile notes or coral necklace. And I want the birthday ring!

"Although some of their things are a bit twee"??? As soon as I read this, and just after I shouted out to Rich "I'm a bit twee! Is that good or bad?!" I dashed over to the dictionary to find its meaning...

adjective Chiefly British affectedly dainty or quaint
[Origin: 1900–05; appar. reduced from tweet, mimicking child's pron. of sweet]

Another dictionary defined Twee as: Overly precious or nice.

Oh boy, I am soooo twee!

And I love this new (to me!) word. What a gift to have such a word added to my vocabulary. Is it a new word for you?

Oh and look for some twee new things next week!

Update: Thanks to Geraldine from England for setting us straight. Twee, my friends, is not such a great thing to be. I overlooked one meaning of the word "affectedly" in the definition of "twee" meaning feigned or artificially. I certainly don't want to be artificially sweet, dainty, or quaint. It's still a good word to have in my arsenal.

19 comments:

clarice said...

Amy I think you should proudly be twee !!!! Clarice

Cerri said...

That is a new word to me as well! And honestly, I would love to have it used to describe my things!
Amy where do you find the precious illustrations that you use?
yescerri@yahoo.com

teresa said...

very very cool....congratulations on your new word. I hope to be twee someday, too!! That is totally you, Amy Twee Powers!!

lisa sp said...

You have got to be one of the sweetest people around. I love that you are excited to be twee!
lisa sp

Pam Stewart said...

Amy, I've told you before, you broaden my horizens, everytime I come here. I love everything British, and I love this new word too.
You can never be too sweet, dainty, or nice! You are all three and we love you for it!

Whim Of The Week said...

We've been silent readers of yours for quite awhile. We're always inspired! You are the tweetest!!! It's a new word for us as well-"overly" precious or nice...that's our kind of person! Stay as twee as you are!

Glenda and Helena x0

Waterfall said...

Oui, oui, I'd say your twee. Can't say I'd ever heard of that word, but it's a good one!

So, if you had three overly dainty or nice teddy bears, would you call them "The Twee Bears?" (sorry, couldn't resist!)

Waterfall said...

Ack! I wrote "your" instead of "you're"--the horror!

Bev said...

Twee sounds like a lovely thing to be!! It is a good thing to be twee. New word for me...I will use it. I often use the word "wee" so it kinda goes along...I wonder if one could be a "wee twee"???

Anonymous said...

In England twee means "affected"-- artificially assumed to impress others.

I don't think you want to be twee.

I think you're sweet, though.

Geraldine (from England)

Funky Finds said...

Twee is new to mee! :) And I'd take it as a compliment too! How can you be overly sweet? LOL Have a great week!

Anonymous said...

Yikes, what happened to your blog..everything is all moved around and your favorite bloggers are not listed anymore. I love reading yours and then checking in on everyone else too. Are you going to put it back the way it was? Thanks so much.
By the way...you are truely "Twee" in the bestest way ever!!!

maryann said...

you are only "twee" in the GOOD ways, believe me! you are TRULY sweet, not pretend! keep up the lovely, sweet, dainty, real, good work!!
hugs,
maryann

AnastasiaC said...

Twee is good!!! Ive been away and really missed your blog - sorry to hear some Annonymous twat kept you up for a night but, life's small things are what make the difference!

VDOprincess said...

If it's any consolation, I meant the "sweet" definition. I actually lovelovelove your site, blog, etc, but simply had to issue a bit of a disclaimer for my more hipster readers.
Note- isn't "twee" simply the best word? It's fun to say, too. :)

Anonymous said...

hmmm, sounds like that person is a bit jealous to me!! they must not like whimsy or a silly heart either, huh!! i adore your things and right away ordered the hot pink monogramed clogs..you go girl!
xox~k

Pamela Jane said...

Hi Amy, Sorry I missed your post on Saturday, was away for the weekend (as usual) at my son's hockey games at UVA, but I wanted to chime in on the recent discussion on your blog. Although you are deliciously sweet and kind (in person as well) and lately very, very busy, you don't want to be referred to as "twee" . . . . when the Brits say you are "a bit twee," they mean something slightly uncomplimentary like overdone, overly precious, affectedly sweet but not of genuine worth. Not a dagger thrust, but not a compliment, either. However, your funny take on the word more than makes up for it! And anyway, they got it right about the charming
site!

Alicia P. said...

You're not twee -- you're as sincere as they come, my love. xoxoxox

jonbecker03 said...

where have you been all your life? use of the word "twee" was quite common during the eighties. it was usually used in connection with a kind of indie pop (twee pop) which spawned a "scene" with its own kind of "twee culture" (twee fashions, twee art, etc.). "twee" songs were usually three minute pop tunes about puppy love, kittens, eating toast with marmmlade jam, etc. The word was used in the sense of "cute" or "intentionally childlike." if you were part of the "scene," being called "twee" was a high compliment. but outsiders oftentimes used "twee" as a term of derision. the "twee" scene started in the early eighties, peaked during the late eighties and early nineties, and was more or less over by the year 2000. now there there is only a small "cult" of devotees of "twee."