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In a word: shirty

Each week The Sun's John McIntyre presents a relatively obscure but evocative word with which you may not be familiar, another brick to add to the wall of your vocabulary. This week's word:  SHIRTY You don’t have to be a Downton Abbey Anglophile to admire words from British English: plonk, knackered, codswallop, gobsmacked, and the supremely contemptuous git, which is worthy to stand with the great Yiddish monosyllables. Ben Yagoda’s Not One-Off Britishisms catalogues a multitude of them. This week’s word, shirty, meaning “ill-tempered,” “angry,” or “irritated,” has been current since the mid-nineteenth century. The...