1. (chiefly British) affectedly or excessively dainty, delicate, cute, or quaint
It’s amazing the amount of malice the human heart is able to hold.
Agatha was marveling at the level of anger in her 6-year-old’s tiny frame as they left this year’s heavily attended elementary talent show. The cherubic child looked like a natural for show business with her tightly curled pigtails, twee lace dress and shiny patent leather shoes. The only misplaced feature was the scowl on her beautiful face.
“That horrible Jenny McCutcheon and her dumb baton routine,” little Amanda hissed. “She’s not even that great. I did a better job than she did. She was awful!”
Agatha was slightly taken aback at the vehement reaction coming from her own child.
“Excuse me,” Agatha said, calmly, “but that’s not how we talk about others–even when we’re upset.”
“But mama,” Jenny said surprised, “You said the same thing about Auntie Beatrice last week, remember?”
Agatha stopped short on the road, heat rising to her face as she realized that she probably shouldn’t be so surprised by her progeny’s reaction or words.
“Well, your mother needs to be more mindful of her words,” Agatha said. “We can work on improving our speech and what we say about others together.”
The two looked at each other in silence and then both nodded before heading down the road.
“You did have a fabulous performance, though, Jenny,” Agatha said. “I’m very proud of you.”
*This post was inspired by Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Day, because they updated their their webpage first.