Tuesday, December 7, 2010
British Word of the Day
peckish [ˈpɛkɪʃ] adj
Informal chiefly Brit feeling slightly hungry; having an appetite
He said nothing, only opened a cupboard in the wall, took out a packet of sandwiches and laid them on the table beside her. Araminta ate two of them, for she was peckish...
I'm a little split on whether this sounds like a well-bred way to say you're starving to death or if it's odiously common...I'm leaning towards high-brow. My lipnus test, naturally, is whether or not I can imagine Queen Elizabeth leaning over to her long-suffering consort, elbowing him in the ribs and whispering 'I'm feeling peckish. Ring for some fairy cakes...'