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naif (NAA-eef) noun

A naive person: lacking sophistication, artless, credulous.



[From French, masculine form of naive.]

"They've been more daunting as a team of wide-eyes naifs, callow and gormless, than a team of self-aware veterans with grim-faced expectations." Leafs Banking on Experience Over Emotion; The Toronto Star (Canada); Apr 12, 2000.

"For (Gabriel) Cohen is a naif with a sense of self-criticism. The richness of his color harmonies and many of his solutions spring from an ability to build on experience." Meir Ronnen; The World According to Cohen; Jerusalem Post (Israel); May 10, 2002.

This week's theme: words to describe people.


Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around. -Leo Buscaglia, author (1924-1998)

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