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cootie

(ko͞o′tē)
n. Slang
A body louse.
A popular term for a body louse—Pediculus humanus
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(50) A small, serene figure of The Virgin of Guadalupe presided over the living room, guarded by a ring of plastic cootie toys.
It's the kind of success enjoyed by Cooties that The Babadook (Jennifer Kent, 2014) aimed for when it premiered at the same festival--where it was indeed met with ecstatic audience and critical reception.
And if you do find that you have gum disease and seek treatment, bringing your mouth to optimum oral health will ensure you won't pass "cooties" to your most precious commodities: your children.
The London Feminist neatly skewers the "professional women cause autism" argument's sexism: "There are two implications: one is that women are 'becoming' male-brained as a result of widened opportunities, as though clever women didn't always exist, and the second is that if we had a shred of humanity we'd sacrifice our careers for the good of our unborn children lest they get the autism cooties. Pah." (13)
With organic foods representing the fastest-growing sector of the agricultural market, farmers markets springing up like mushrooms in every vacant parking lot, vitamin drinks jumping off the shelves, and folks treating trans fats like they were cooties, it makes sense that the producer of America's original junk food would be in trouble.
I fear being touched by one of them, as if something awful will rub off on me, like germs, or a smell, or cooties. A woman as transparent as parchment presses up against me.
When they were young they called it cooties, and they'd refuse to give me the cootie shot; as their knowledge increased, they'd blame it on bacteria, or some plague they heard about in history class.
"When my children were young, I never told them I had a disease because kids think disease is like cooties," said Florida mother Tammy.
It's a place rigged with hundreds of social landmines, not the least of which are morons, wedgies, swirlies, bullies, lunchtime banishment to the cafeteria floor -- and a festering piece of cheese with nuclear cooties. To survive the never-ending ordeal and attain the recognition and status he feels he deserves, Greg devises an endless series of can't-miss schemes, all of which, of course, go awry.
Scott Westerfeld did a great blog post about "genre cooties"--how adults think of fiction in very narrow terms.
Based on the bestselling illustrated novel, Diary Of A Wimpy Kid follows the adventures of wise-cracking preteen Greg Heffley as he struggles to survive school - a place where becoming popular means avoiding "swirlies", "wedgies" and "cooties".