Monday, February 3, 2014

Mr. Clarity goofs off (5)

The Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary and Thesaurus recently published an amusing list of 10 sophisticated insults.

My favorite is #2: twee (sweet or cute in a way that is silly or sentimental). I was introduced to this chiefly British expression by a British client who complained that a speech I had written for him contained a “twee” paragraph. I was young and callow then; I hope I’ve become more observant during the four decades since that embarrassing oversight.

The Takeaway: Enjoy the list. And remember Oscar Wilde’s words: “A true gentleman is one who is never unintentionally rude.”

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