Lookups spiked 150,000% on May 1, 2019
Snitty stomped its feet all the way to the top of our lookups on May 1st, 2019, after Attorney General William Barr said that he found a letter sent by Robert Mueller III merited this descriptor.
Barr dismisses Mueller’s letter complaining about his summary of the report conclusions. “The letter’s a bit snitty,” Barr says.— Peter Baker (@peterbakernyt) May 1, 2019
The origin of snitty is somewhat unclear, although there may be a connection with snit (“a state of agitation”). The shorter word has been in use since the 1930s, while snitty entered common parlance in the 1970s.
He decided to cast her in The Last Picture Show as Jacy, a spoiled, snitty, small town high school heartbreaker.
— Lloyd Shearer, The Hartford Courant (Hartford, CT), 16 Jul. 1972
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