Feeling swivet

Reeds Lake: East Grand Rapids

The reporters on NPR tend to use big words. It’s something I enjoy about public radio — being educated. Sometimes I even know the words. Other times I can figure them out by their context. Today, however, Nina Totenberg threw one out there that both perplexed and tickled me: swivet.

She used this gem in discussing the Supreme Court and their debate over using rulings from foreign courts when considering their own decisions. I’d never heard it or read it before. Although I could guess at the meaning, I kept repeating the word in my mind during the rest of my commute (swivet rhymes with divet, swivet rhymes with divet) so I could remember to look it up when I got in front of a browser.

For those of you as curious as I was, swivet is a noun that means: extreme distress or discomposure. As in, the decision caused swivet within the group. I think I’m going to plot a way to use it when chatting with someone. It’s a word I could have fun with.

4 thoughts on “Feeling swivet”

  1. Sir Poopsalot and Ms. Stinky Head generated swivet in the household.

    Last night I found Chance deposited a soupy poop in the basement and Chloe wissed on my new chair. Why are our pets SO gross?? I wonder what a word for extreme swivet would be?!

  2. Oh, bummer! Soupy Poop. Pete’s was more like Pudding Poop. Which is preferrable? As for the new chair, I think you’re going to have to get some plastic slipcovers, girly! I bet if she wissed on plastic and got some splash-back, she might learn her lesson. Or maybe not. 🙂

  3. I thought MY cat was the only evil one! He poops anywhere he pleases! Even after Todd threatened to leave him outside!I’ve bought every single different litter box contraption known to man to make his poop environment more pleasant, but he just prefers the cushy carpet, I guess!(PS I’m on my lunch break! Yum!)

  4. You definately beat my dictionary with ‘swivet’


    I can’t remember that happening before, I haven’t had heard this fine word before aswell, the only one that came in mind emediately was ‘swivel’.

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