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Word of the Day - for Toastmasters everywhere
Wednesday 13th December 2017
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ornery (adjective) OR-nu-ri

Uncooperative, irritable, commonplace, inferior, poor, insufficient, meagre.

Some good one-liners can't disguise the fact that Vonnegut, once the angry, ornery subversive, is now preaching only to the choir.

James Purdon, The Observer, 4 February 2007, The Observer
reviewing Kurt Vonnegit's A Man Without a Country: A Memoir of Life in George W Bush's America. Amazon

He cracks an ornery smile and shakes a screw-you fist.

Dorian Lynskey, Guardian Unlimited, 19 March 2004. Guardian Unlimited

His ornery temperament links him not only to dyspeptic guys sitting in bars from Buffalo to Oakland but to muckraking journalists of past eras.

David Denby, The New Yorker, 28 October 2002.

For the men and women passing the time in the backyard of a ravaged row house in the Hill District of Pittsburgh in 1985, life is like an ornery lover, comforting you tonight and frustrating you tomorrow.

Charles Isherwood, The New York Times, 12 March 2007.
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