I thought I’d overshare this by reblogging it at the meerkat colony.
In a novel I recently edited set in 1930s, the main character asks another to stay in his home with a young girl while he is out, and is asked what they should do:
‘… “I don’t know,” he said sardonically. “She’s a girl. Overshare your feelings.” …’
Me, as editor: It is a good line, indeed. However, the word apparently dates from internet and social media times, so doesn’t quite fit the period.
Author: I did check the origin of the word (I was curious, myself), and it seems to have popular roots in the early 1800’s, as well as a strong reassurance in the online age.
I did more research without running to earth the earlier roots, but I did find:
1. Webster’s Dictionary Chooses “Overshare” as the 2008 Word of the Year.
2. Described as “beautifully British”, the “subtle yet devastating” put-down “overshare” was today…
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