The fidget spinner – a handheld, two- or three-pronged gadget with a ball bearing in its center that makes the prongs go around very fast – is this year’s toy fad, popular with school-age kids and sometimes touted as a stress reliever for people of all ages. Versions are available for as little as $1, or you can spring for this $24.95 Triune Spinner, which is said to have “a high-speed Si3N4 Hybrid Ceramic Bearing that provides fast smooth easy fidgeting and long spin times that will impress your friends.”
There’s even a two-pronged spinner called the Torqbar that will set you back as much as $200, not including the fancy leather carrying case.
Accounts of the fidget spinner’s invention vary as widely as the spinners themselves. But how about the word fidget – what does it mean, and where does it come from?