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WOTD  
Word of the Day - for Toastmasters everywhere
Friday 12th August 2022
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bumptious (adjective) BUMP-shus



Offensively self-important, stating opinions aggressively.

Not surprisingly she got narky with this bumptious little turd giving her lectures in infant-theology and set about proving things with a prism.

Ian Maitland, Cathedral. Amazon

The Labour leader advised his bumptious party chairman that "a period of silence on your part would be welcome".

Marina Hyde, The Guardian, 10 May 2007. Guardian

What a pleasure it is to hear him, in 1946, being bumptious instead of bitchy, not quite twenty-two and crowing about his accomplishments and plans: "The O. Henry introduction said that A Tree Of Night was a better story than Miriam, which of course it is, and raved on and on about it. Wait until they read The Headless Hawk: they ain’t seen nothin yet."

Thomas Mallon, The New Yorker, 13 September 2004, The New Yorker
reviewing Too Brief a Treat: The Letters of Truman Capote (Gerald Clarke, ed.). Amazon




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