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Nov 20, 2020
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Words derived from body

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gambit
propugnaculum
flatfooted
consanguineous
ham-handed

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ham-handed

PRONUNCIATION:
(HAM-han-did)

MEANING:
adjective: Clumsy; tactless; lacking social grace.

ETYMOLOGY:
From ham + hand. It’s the same ham (one who overacts), apparently from the minstrel song, “The Hamfat Man”. Earliest documented use: 1918.

USAGE:
“There was a certain thrill, a challenge in taking an ordinary man who was ham-handed with compliments and possessed of two left feet, and turn him into something sublime.”
Bronwyn Scott; A Lady Seduces; Harlequin; 2013.

See more usage examples of ham-handed in Vocabulary.com’s dictionary.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
I believe at our best America is a beacon for the globe. And we lead not by the example of our power, but by the power of our example. -Joe Biden, president-elect of the United States (b. 20 Nov 1942)

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