Fun Fact March 24, 2021.
24 March 2021
Don’t you dare get all hoity-toity on me. According the Merriam-Webster dot com most of us often use the term hoity-toity as an adjective, but before it was an adjective it was a noun meaning “thoughtless giddy behavior.” The noun first appeared in print in the middle of the 17th century. It most likely was created as a rhyme based on the English word hoit, which means “to play the fool.” The adjective hoity-toity can stay close to its roots and mean “foolish, but in most cases these days if you hear or call something hoity-toity, it more likely means “pretentious.”