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Thursday, April 30

Sitooterie

[sih-TOO-ter-ee]

Part of speech: noun

Origin: Scottish, 1920s

1.

A small building or area where people can sit outside.

2.

A summer house, conservatory, or gazebo.

Examples of Sitooterie in a sentence

"The sitooterie was set up for a small afternoon party."

"She enjoyed being able to relax and read in the sitooterie for hours."

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About Sitooterie

Imagine the 1920s with glamorous outdoor garden parties and soirees. Of course these events would be held in a special place — the sitooterie. This fanciful term was created in Scotland in the 1920s to describe an outdoor sitting area, sometimes a gazebo or other similar structure.

Did you Know?

Sitooterie — it's not a nonsense word, but it has a quite sensible structure. We know the word sit; "oot" is out in a Scottish accent, and the suffix "-ery" denotes a place set aside for something. So sitooterie is naturally a place for outdoor sitting.

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