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Today's word is milquetoast, spelled as one word M-I-L-Q-U-E-T-O-A-S-T.

Milquetoast is a noun that means a timid, meek, or unassertive person. Here is the word used in a sentence from The San Francisco Chronicle by Ruth Chang.



"Aristotle said that virtue is the mean between the extremes of deficiency and excess. When someone steals your parking spot, you're virtuous if you're neither a milquetoast nor a madman, but something in between...."



Caspar Milquetoast was a comic strip character created in 1924 by the American cartoonist Harold T. Webster. The strip, called "The Timid Soul," ran every Sunday in the New York Herald Tribune for many years. Webster, who claimed that Milquetoast was a self-portrait, summed up the character as "the man who speaks softly and gets hit with a big stick." The earliest examples for Milquetoast used as a generic synonym for "timid person" date from the mid-1930s. Caspar's last name might remind you of "milk toast," a bland concoction of buttered toast served in a dish of warm milk.

With your Word of the Day, I'm Peter Sokolowski.

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[Homework]2016-05-26 How to Use a Word

Today's word is milquetoast, spelled as one word M-I-L-Q-U-E-T-O-A-S-T.

Milquetoast is a noun that means a timid, meek, or unassertive person. Here is the word used in a sentence from The San Francisco Chronicle by Ruth Chang.

Aristotle said that virtue is the mean between the extremes of deficiency and excess. When someone steals your parking spot, you're virtuous if you're neither a milquetoast nor a madman, but something in between....

Caspar Milquetoast was a comic strip character created in 1924 by the American cartoonist Harold T. Webster. The strip, called The Timid Soul, ran every Sunday in the New York Herald Tribune for many years. Webster, who claimed that Milquetoast was a self-portrait, summed up the character as the man who speaks softly and gets hit with a big stick. The earliest examples for Milquetoast used as a generic synonym for timid person date from the mid-1930s. Caspar's last name might remind you of milk toast, a bland concoction of buttered toast served in a dish of warm milk.

With your Word of the Day, I'm Peter Sokolowski.

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