Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Wondrous Words Wednesday

Those two words are taken from A Note From An Old Acquaintance by Bill Walker

1) Klutz
(Page 21): You make me look so easy, professor. And I feel such a klutz.

n. Slang
  1. A clumsy person.
  2. A stupid person; a dolt.

[Yiddish klots, from Middle High German kloz, block, lump, from Old High German.]

2) Milquetoast (Page 64 ): It has come like a hammer-blow when she'd dumped him for another man, a man he viewed as nothing more than a milquetoast.

n.

One who has a meek, timid, unassertive nature.

[After Caspar Milquetoast, a comic-strip character created by Harold Tucker Webster (1885-1952).]


9 comments:

Zia said...

Milquetoast is a new word for me. Love seeing words that I don't know because then I learn something new.

rhapsodyinbooks said...

I love the word milquetoast! Somehow it sounds like exactly what it means!

bermudaonion said...

Well, I knew klutz because I am one at times! Thanks for participating today!

Tea said...

That's me! I'm a "klutz." I've heard and maybe used this word. I didn't know how to spell it. Thanks!

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Margot at Joyfully Retired said...

hTwo good words this week. I'd seen milquetoast before but had never looked it up.

Lisa said...

Those are fun words. I've used both of them before in conversation - milquetoast always throws people.

My words are here.

Snowbell said...

I'm very familiar with 'klutz' as I'm one and Yiddish is not unheard of in the family but I never heard the word milquetoast!

http://snowbelljewelry.blogspot.com/2009/09/wondrous-words-wednesday.html

The Westie Loving Therapist said...

Milquetoast is new for me. I can't wait to use it. Thanks for sharing!

ibeeeg said...

Terrific words.
I really like the word milquetoast. It "sounds" perfect in the sentence.

Here are my Wondrous Words