How does one spell the word Cutsie/Cutesie?
- Cutesy: 1,300,000 google results
- Cutsie: 409,000 results
- Cutezee: 351,000 results
- Cutesie: 208,000 results
- Cutsey: 163,000 results
- Cutesie la-tootsie: 1 result (this very blog post)
- Cütesîe: 0 results
- Cutesy is the clear-cut cute winner.
- Cutezee makes an odd appearance in the rankings.
- What about cutsie and cutesie?
People google cutsie WAY more than cutesy. Take a look at this Google Trends chart:
Cutesie doesn’t even register on the searches.
When we turn to books, the results become very interesting.
Cutesie in books:
Cutesie started appearing in books in about 1960. Then in 1970, cutesie hit the sharp upward trend and started appearing in books much more. Cutesie hit its peak in 1976.
Cutsie in books:
Cutsie lagged behind six years by making it’s first appearance in books in 1966. In 1976, it also experienced a spike upward, six years after cutesie’s spike.
Today cutsie appears in more books than cutesie. In fact, cutsie had its height in 2004.
Cutesy in books:
Compare cutesy against our other two words, and it totally demolishes them in appearances. Cutesy had its start in 1939, and rose up quickly in the mid 1960s. The peak of all cutesy was in 2003. Since then, cutesy has started to wane.
Cutesie, cutsie are not in the etymology dictionary. But cutsey is:
“artificially or annoyingly cute,” by 1968, from cute (adj.).
It makes sense that cutsey comes from the word cute. What is the origin of cute? Etymonline says:
1731, “clever,” shortening of acute; informal sense of “pretty” is 1834, American English student slang. Related: Cuteness.
The pretty part makes sense. Even the clever part. When someone is being a smartbutt, you say, “stop being so cute.” But the shortening of acute is rather interesting. So “cute” actually comes from the word “acute.” What is the origin of acute?
acute (adj.)late 14c., originally of fevers and diseases, “coming and going quickly” (opposed to a chronic), from Latin acutus “sharp, pointed,” figuratively “shrill, penetrating; intelligent, cunning,” past participle of acuere“sharpen” (see acuity). Meaning “sharp, irritating” is from early 15c. Meaning “intense” is from 1727. Related: Acutely; acuteness.
Did you know the origin of the word cute comes from fevers and diseases? https://t.co/dBLz6lj8B2
— Spudart Matt Maldre (@spudart) November 8, 2015
Wow, trace back the word “cute” and it comes from fevers and diseases. Something that is sharp and pointed. That does NOT sound cute at all. Unless if you are talking about baby porcupines.
But even then, their quills are much less sharp when they are young.
Anytime you are speaking of words, of course, you have to head to urbandictionary for their tongue-in-cheek definitions.
- Cutesy: To be a Cutesy; The way in which a chat room user, often a girl, will speak in order to make herself appear to be more cute. (176 likes)
- Cutsie: abreviation for cute-seee (26 likes)
- Cutezee: no definitions!
- Cutesie: A girl who is very very cute, adorable and caught your eye. Being cute with a oomph. (22 likes)
- Cutsey: no definitions!
Cutesy rocks the top. Cutsie and cutesie are pretty much in a dead tie. Cutezee is nearly non-existent.
- #cutesy; 58,894 times used on instagram
- #cutsie: 18,073
- #cutezee: 59
- #cutesie: 15,232
- #cutsey: 5,218
Summary for usage
Cutesy ranks #1. Cutsie is #2. Cutesie is #3. I find it odd that cutsie is #2, because it seems like a typo.