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Title: Synonyms for "twerp"
Post by: kittypye on July 08, 2011, 11:06 AM
My MC (12 yrs.) gets called "twerp" a couple times by his older sister, but a crit partner flagged it as dated. Do you agree? Suggestions for something more current? (that won't get dated too fast...)

I'm also wondering about "dork" and "dorky" among 12-yr-olds.

Thanks!
Title: Re: Synonyms for "twerp"
Post by: Artemesia on July 08, 2011, 11:21 AM
The show Fairly Odd Parents uses twerp a lot. The babysitter calls the kid "twerp" constantly, even so much as trying to get him a "twerpectomy" in the hospital. So I think you could use it and not sound dated, but dork would work, too.
Title: Re: Synonyms for "twerp"
Post by: Lwrites on July 08, 2011, 12:40 PM
I think it's fine, but dork, nerd, and geek could all work as alternatives if you want to change it.
How old is the sister?
Title: Re: Synonyms for "twerp"
Post by: kittypye on July 10, 2011, 12:06 PM
The sister is 16.
Title: Re: Synonyms for "twerp"
Post by: Lwrites on July 10, 2011, 12:18 PM
The sister is 16.

Then I think "twerp" makes a whole lot of sense. I can't quite explain why, but I always thought of "twerp" as something that older siblings said to significantly younger (as in, more than a year or two) siblings. Something about it implies not only geek/nerd/etc, but also that the one being called a twerp is.....smaller? younger? more immature? The other context where I can think of it working would be a larger bully to a smaller, weaker kid, if that helps explain.