This classifies as another word that I knew was new, but didn’t know was that new.
Jitters entered English round about 1925–and it’s not entirely clear where it came from. The best guess is that it’s a variation of chitter, which had been a dialectical word for “tremble, shiver,” since Middle English.
|The jitterbug, 1947|
It took it another 6 years for the ‘s’ to get dropped and the noun to become a verb–to jitter. And another 7 for the jitterbug dance to join the scene. Still, that’s a lot of evolution for just over a decade!
And as cold as it is here this morning, there could easily be some jittering going on. 😉
Short and sweet, but it puts me in the mind to listen to some jive music. Love it!
MUCH newer than I would have expected 🙂