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Jul 21, 2010This week's theme
Words that look one part of speech but are other
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A.Word.A.Daywith Anu Garg
MEANING:noun: A pitifully timid or ineffectual person.
ETYMOLOGY:From Yiddish nebekh (poor, unfortunate), of Slavic origin. Ultimately from the Indo-European root bhag- (to share) that is also the source of baksheesh, Sanskrit bhagya (good fortune), and words related to -phagy (eating), such as onychophagia and xerophagy.
USAGE:"Jay Baruchel plays the hero -- a security officer at the Pittsburgh airport -- as such a tongue-tied, head-ducking nebbish that it's inconceivable that he would end up with the gorgeous, smart, kind, hockey-loving woman played by Alice Eve."
Mike Hale; Playing the Odds of Love; The New York Times; Mar 12, 2010.
See more usage examples of nebbish in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.
A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:They are happy men whose natures sort with their vocations. -Francis Bacon, essayist, philosopher, and statesman (1561-1626)
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