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tweaking

verb; zero derivation
(of a person) not able to perform normal tasks because of excess exhaustion
 
this word characterizes someone who has gotten so tired that they are unable to function properly and do something that makes this state clear, such as making a mistake on simple math or spelling, or forms a sentence with an egregious grammar mismatch. “Tweaking” comes from drug slang for someone high on meth, who tends to exhibit compulsive behavior such as tweaking the position of objects around them or pulling at parts of their face (according to urban dictionary). The term has undergone the semantic change of widening to include people so tired that they exhibit similar behaviors.
Etymology : present continuous tense of the verb “tweak” used in a metaphorical extension of the action of “tweak” to any erratic and slightly neurotic behavior
Source : "I'm tired, I'm tweaking." –Rice freshman, 9-27-17
Last modified: 3 December 2017


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