Twee. Such a sweet word. And that is just what it means. According to Webster…
Chiefly British: affectedly or excessively dainty, delicate, cute, or quaint. Example: The movie was a bit twee for my taste.
The first known use was in 1905, and the origin is thought to be the baby-talk alteration of sweet.
Now, some of my British friends have referred to Downton Abbey as twee. And I was taken aback when looking at descriptions of one of my favorite British sit-coms, As Time Goes By to see that it was suggested it might be a bit “twee”.
Of course, we American are just suckers for twee. That is what many of us expect to see when we travel to England, or go to a British film. Think of the movie The Holiday, or Sense and Sensibility.
It makes me think I might like a world that is just a bit twee, although, like too much chocolate, you can sometimes have too much of a good thing.