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Nov 18, 2020
This week’s theme
Words derived from body

This week’s words
gambit
propugnaculum
flatfooted
consanguineous
ham-handed

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flatfooted

PRONUNCIATION:
(flat-FOOT-id)

MEANING:
adjective:
1. Clumsy; unimaginative; uninspired.
2. Forthright.
3. Unprepared.
4. Uncompromising.
5. Having the arch of the foot flattened so the entire sole touches the ground.

ETYMOLOGY:
From flat, from Old Norse flatr + foot, from Old English fot. Earliest documented use: 1601. (A flatfoot is not necessarily flatfooted.)

USAGE:
“I pick up a book, sigh over its flawed reasoning and flat-footed writing.”
James C. Howell; The Beauty of the Word; Westminster John Knox Press; 2011.

“I want to come out flatfooted and ask you boys to OK the proposition of a Symphony Orchestra for Zenith.”
Sinclair Lewis; Babbitt; Harcourt, Brace & Co.; 1922.

“The dog, caught flatfooted by his master’s sudden move, was forced to run to catch up.”
Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman; The Hand of Chaos; Bantam Books; 1993.

“Litvinoff’s life was defined by a delight in the weight of the real; his friend’s by a rejection of reality, with its army of flat-footed facts.”
Nicole Krauss; The History of Love; Norton; 2006.

“Look at these boot prints, amigo. They turn in at the heel, worn down on the inside. This man is flat footed, that’s the way he walks.”
Edna Evans; Gypsy Fires; Writers Club Press; 2001.

See more usage examples of flatfooted in Vocabulary.com’s dictionary.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
Anger is a great force. If you control it, it can be transmuted into a power which can move the whole world. -William Shenstone, poet (18 Nov 1714-1763)

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