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Word of the Day - for Toastmasters everywhere
Saturday 8th May 2021
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obtuse (adjective) ob-TYOOS

Dull, dull-witted, insensitive.

He seemed obtuse, as she felt by this time that she had more than cancelled out any slight encouragement she might have given him at first.

Lilian Darcy, A Private Arrangement. Amazon

'But what's the hurry?'; asked Charles, deliberately obtuse.
Simon Brett, Murder Unprompted. Amazon

John Egan is huge, gangling and vulnerable, a 12-year-old child-man on the cusp of adolescence, intensely physically aware but almost wilfully emotionally obtuse.

Geraldine Bedell, The Observer, 23 April 2006, The Observer
reviewing M J Hyland's Carry Me Down. Amazon

"I don't understand you," he snapped back, as if the bandit were a particularly obtuse undergraduate.

Simon Schama, The New Yorker, 5 November 2001. The New Yorker

This aesthetic and literary condemnation is traced by Mr. Gates to an influential sally in 1949, “Everybody’s Protest Novel,” by the writer James Baldwin, who attacked “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” as a “very bad novel,” ruined by its “self-righteous, virtuous sentimentality.” He found it racially obtuse and aesthetically crude.

Edward Rothstein, The New York Times, 23 October 2006, New York Times
reviewing Henry Louis Gates's The Annotated Uncle Tom’s Cabin. Amazon

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