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A.Word.A.Day--tetchy

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tetchy also techy (TECH-ee) adjective

Peevish; testy.

[Probably from Middle English tache, teche, blemish, from Old French tache, teche, from Vulgar Latin *tacca, from Gothic taikns, sign.]

"On July 8th, after long speculation that Mr Newhouse is getting more tetchy about the reported $1m a month that the magazine loses, Ms Brown announced her resignation as editor." AprAes Tina, The Economist, 11 Jul 1998.

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