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A.Word.A.Daywith Anu Garg
ninnyhammer (NIN-ee-ham-uhr) noun
A fool; blockhead.
[Of uncertain origin. From ninny (perhaps shortening of innocent) + hammer (possibly from hammerheaded).]
"I already eat as slowly as I can without looking like an affected
ninnyhammer, so my alternatives seem to be to stare at him as he eats,
or to eat more food myself, though I am already full. Can you suggest
some polite activity in which I can engage myself while waiting for my
dinner partner to catch up?"
"Margaret Lloyd made the sweetly ninnyhammer heroine Josephine believable
within the wild framework of the plot, and swooped around the stage like
When women love us, they forgive us everything, even our crimes; when they do not love us, they give us credit for nothing, not even our virtues. -Honore de Balzac, novelist (1799-1850)