ahem ahem

Definition(s):

  • (n) the utterance of a sound similar to clearing the throat; intended to get attention, express hesitancy, fill a pause, hide embarrassment, warn a friend, etc.

Usage(s):

  1. Profiled and promoted in media as diverse as 60 Minutes, Rolling Stone and, ahem, PTI, he was bound to disappoint.
  2. After the news of her selection broke, Wakefield said that he might even be able to learn something from Yoshida news that made Yoshida as giddy as, ahem, a schoolgirl.
  3. Here's the, ahem, rundown: Monday.

News

  1. Do we really want our Instagram with a side of video? (Because we’re getting it either way)

    Facebook is all set to announce a video feature for Instagram. While we definitely know why (ahem, Vine), plenty of questions and concerns remain - as does the expected outrage.
    on June 20, 2013     Source: Digital Trends

  2. Watch Miley Cyrus' 'We Can't Stop' Video, Then Relive The Twerking Madness...WITH GIFs!

    Miley Cyrus (ahem, Miley 2.0) gives zero effs in her "We Can't Stop" video. If Rihanna is the queen of giving zero effs, then Miley Cyrus is definitely next in line for the throne, per her just-released "We Can't Stop" video. (In fact, the "Ashtrays And Heartbreaks" chanteuse might even straight-up usurp the throne if Rihanna [...]
    on June 19, 2013     Source: MTV

  3. Anti-bicycle Manhattan scribe rails against two-wheelers: Opinion

    Editorial board members, ahem, don't ordinarily make news. In the great media pantheon, most of us are so anonymous in our opinionating, hiding behind the "we," that our names are entirely unknown to the reading public.
    on June 19, 2013     Source: Los Angeles Daily News

Quotes

  1. "There's, ahem, a barrier of darkness that cuts our heroes off from any more modern fiction," Cornell explained.
    on Jul 24, 2008 By: Paul Cornell Source: The Olympian

  2. When asked as to what really led to that, Vidya says, "If someone (ahem ahem) who matters to you talks you down, it can break you. That someone whose approval mattered to me started to constantly find faults with me. It started reflecting on me. At...
    on Nov 14, 2009 By: Vidya Balan Source: Spicezee

  3. "Sorry about this," Brad Pitt says, contorting his body into a mess of angles and elbows to hide behind a low wall and light up. "Actually, I'm less worried about the paparazzi catching me than someone, ahem, who doesn't know I still smoke...
    on Jun 8, 2007 By: Brad Pitt Source: Entertainment Weekly

Word of the Day
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