I still remember how vulnerable I felt when some kid came up to me during recess in elementary school and loudly announced that my epidermis was showing.
What was this epidermis he was speaking of? I remember not wanting to make it too obvious, but I really wanted to check to see if my fly was down.
Epidermis just sounds kind of naughty, doesn’t it? It doesn’t really sound like what it actually is: plain old skin.
Pinky, on the other hand, is the perfect word for the body part it represents- small and cute. Nipple too. Perky and fun.
Middle finger and back, on the other hand, are both terribly uninspired.
Well, to me, the word pithy is like epidermis. Pithy doesn’t sound like what it actually means.
To me, pithy sounds like a weak little word. Like pity or pissy.
But, in reality, it means just the opposite:
brief, succinct, meaty and meaningful in expression
“That was a great speech.”
“Yes, it was quite pithy.”
“Was it as good for you as it was for me?”
“Well, let’s just say it was pithy.”