"Nabe" looked wrong.
In face, it looked like the name of some sexual organ, in the middle of me writing about a building in my neighborhood. The word stuck out, looked out of place, looked like it needed to expand into the bigger word "neighborhood" but the 140-character limit, well, limited it. I went with "nabe," but self-consciously. The word, it's not nasty. Or brutish. Just short.
Words just sometimes don't look right, am I right? I look at enough of them to know.