Examples of twee
Examples of twee
Where does twee come from?
The word twee comes from early 20th–century British baby talk. Baby talk refers to both the annoying language adults sometimes use with small children (think tummy for “stomach” or nub-nub for “pacifier”) as well as the way that kids attempt adult speech. Twee comes from the baby-talk mispronunciation of sweet. It’s attested as early as 1905.
Initially, twee was used affectionately for something or someone sweet and adorable. Over time, however, twee gained a negative connotation throughout the English language, characterizing something as overly or affectedly cute or quaint. In the 2000–10s, twee conjured up a certain brand of overdone, white hipsterism: polka dots, bird patterns, suspenders, handlebar mustaches, Zooey Deschanel, and Wes Anderson films.
me yesterday: this marie kondo thing is some hyper-minimalist twee garbage huh
me today, crying and whispering to a pair of extremely old underwear: thank u. thanks for being what i needed in life. your purpose is complete. it’s time. your time to go. thank
— ☃️ Katie Chironis ❄️ (@kchironis) January 8, 2019
Who uses twee?
In the 2010s, the word twee has become popularly associated with a certain aesthetic, especially in women’s clothing. It stereotypically includes wearing vintage, retro clothes with floral or animal patterns and Peter Pan collars, cutesy accessories, and a consciously nerdy, meek, or demure vibe.
In music, twee is commonly used to describe a certain subgenre of indie pop music that has its roots in the 1980s. Generally, twee is poppy and jangly, often slightly folk-inspired, and is heavy on the love songs. Standout examples include Belle and Sebastian and The Pastels.
Twee pop is just The Smiths but happier
— alfian (@Whenyousleepzzz) January 10, 2019
Being twee usually implies something or someone is charming and whimsical to the point it’s cloying and grating.
My psychiatrist won't prescribe me anything even though she admits I'm insufferably twee.
— Smoke Teff (@steviekoteff) January 10, 2019
The TV comedy Portlandia notably mocked tweeness in hipster culture.