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WOTD      
Word of the Day - for Toastmasters everywhere
Monday 10th December 2018
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prosaic (adjective) pro-ZAY-ik



Commonplace, dull, matter-of-fact, lacking imagination, straightforward.

May I tell her, as we have known one another for a very long time, that it is not lack of imagination that is the problem but the much more prosaic matter of finding a Minister whose diary fits both the requirements of the House and their overseas duties?

Jack Straw, Commons Hansard, 15 March 2007. Commons Hansard

The title refers to the infamous encryption machine employed by the Germans in the Second World War, although viewers may be excused for noting a deeper mystery: how could anyone make such a prosaic film out of such promising material?

Anthony Lane, The New Yorker, 6 May 2002. The New Yorker

The papers capture the heroism and brutality, the successes and disappointments, the grand ideas about equality and brotherhood, and the more prosaic economic and political calculations that together defined the movement.

Brian Ward, Guardian Unlimited, 16 November 2007. Guardian Unlimited




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