"fiend": in anyone's active vocab?
AmateurLinguist at AOL.COM
Fri Nov 11 23:00:49 UTC 2005
I'd say "fiend" is in my active vocabulary, but not in its serious sense.
I think I got the word from my grandmother. If I left a window open, she'd
call me a "fresh air fiend," and if I defeated her at Scrabble, backgammon, or
whatever, she'd say "You're a fiend!"
I'd probably use the word in the same way, but I'd never say anything like,
"The fiends who plotted this terrorist act must be brought to justice." That
would sound silly.
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