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“Did you not hear me, Miss Mercer?” the Vandy said, twisting the rope in her fist. “I said come forward.”
“Actually, Ms. Vanderlyden,” I said, trying not to sound as nervous as I felt, “see this?” I gestured to my mass of curly hair. “This is a perm, and I just got it done the other day, so . . . yeah, probably shouldn’t get it wet.”
I heard a few muffled giggles, and next to me, my roommate Jenna muttered, “Nice one.”
When I first came to Hecate, I would’ve been too terrified of the Vandy to talk back to her like that. But by the end of last semester, I’d watched my great-grandmother kill my best frenemy, and the boy I loved had pulled a knife on me.
I was a little tougher now.
I’d watched my great-grandmother kill my best frenemy, and the boy I loved had pulled a knife on me. ??
A "frenemy" (or I've seen it "frienemy") is indeed a portmanteau word, or "mash-up word" made out of friend and enemy.
It's basically a friend who is also a rival, or an enemy disguised as a friend - it reminds me of the saying "Keep your friends close but your enemies closer" I think.
I don't know how far back the word could be traced but it's certainly very common teenage slang nowadays. It might be more American than English, I'm not sure.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jabberwocky ] - just not this one yet.)
Last edited by BobK; 10-Aug-2010 at 14:35. Reason: Add parenthesis