Tweets can be a dangerous thing, especially if you don't use the right word.
Now usually that word means that someone is about to open up a fresh can of derogatory statements on their intended target. And coming from a Republican directed toward a Democrat president's wife, the elements were there for a gargantuan media explosion.
We expected to see something like, "I hate to be catty but Michelle Obama looks God-awful in that dress" or "I hate to be catty but the First Lady needs a breath meant and a new hairdresser."
Instead, we got this.
"Hate to be catty but the First Lady looked stunning," Roh-Lehtinen wrote.
Huh? Maybe in the Ros-Lehtinen version of the dictionary catty means "to be over complimentary or in awe." In the dictionary everyone else uses, catty means "subtly cruel or malicious; spiteful."
Luckily, Ros-Lehtinen avoided a media feud of nuclear proportions, but let this be a lesson to all.
Before you use that word in a tweet, grab a dictionary and find out what it means.