"mosquito" = annoying buzzing person

davemarc davemarc at PANIX.COM
Thu Apr 17 13:48:02 UTC 2008

Perhaps this might have a connection to Rita Skeeter of the Harry Potter



----- Original Message -----
From: Joel S. Berson <Berson at ATT.NET>
Sent: Thursday, April 17, 2008 9:19 AM
Subject: "mosquito" = annoying buzzing person

> A friend with whom I ate lunch yesterday later referred in
> complimentary terms to our waiter as not having been a
> mosquito.  Urban dictionary has a definition dated July 18, 2006 of
> "Someone who buzzes around you, never stopping their chit-chat even
> when they are asked to, and although their voice and\or subject of
> discussion is extremely annoying. Being a mosquito is very common in
> preteens(especially if those maniacs are [expletive deleted] gifted),
> but can be found also in adults."
> Very close to my friend's usage, although we did not ask him to buzz
> off and his voice was not especially annoying.
> Not in OED3 draft revision March 2008.
> Joel
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