epistolary (comparative more epistolary, superlative most epistolary)
- of, or related to letters, or the writing of letters
- carried on by written correspondence
An epistolary novel is a novel written as a series of documents. The usual form is letters, although diary entries, newspaper clippings and other documents are sometimes used. Recently, electronic “documents” such as recordings and radio, blogs, and e-mails have also come into use. The word epistolary comes from the Latin word epistola, meaning a letter.
to gift-lift (compound verb)
This describes the action of stealing something and then giving it as a gift to someone else. The action of stealing is the “lifting” part of the verb.
Notes: Gift-lifting reminds me a lot of the commonly used term regifting, when received gifts are given to other people, usually in the guise of it being a new gift, because they aren’t liked or needed initially. There can be charitable motives to regifting, but it usually saves buying a useless gift for someone that isn’t that close to you. It’s akin to recycling or re-purposing gifts.
Ex: Neil gift-lifted this Hermès scarf from Nordstrom’s to his girlfriend Joan.
Light-switch romance (compound noun, singular)
An intense on- and off-again romantic relationship between two people. It’s an analogy to the on/off button of a light-switch interrupter. There’s no in-between. It’s either full on or full off.
Notes: Naturally, this doesn’t take into consideration the use of a dimmer for the light-switch. I just had to say that because I found that funny.
Ex: Regina’s light-switch romance with her biker boyfriend recently got out of hand.