Thursday, November 20, 2008

Word of the Day

squirrelly (skwûr'ə-lē, skwŭr'-) adj. Slang
1. Eccentric.
2. Cunningly unforthcoming or reticent. 
(Source: 2006 American Heritage Dictionary)

It wasn't the first time I'd heard this word, but I was recently reminded of how awesome it is by a patient I was helping to admit a few weeks ago. He said that he had a drug allergy to morphine. When asked what, exactly, happens when he takes morphine, he replied, "It makes me get real squirrely." This made me smile. And vow to use the word "squirrelly" more often in my everyday conversations.

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