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Word of the Day - for Toastmasters everywhere
Thursday 27th January 2022
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mien (noun) MEEN

Air, appearance, posture, facial expression, manner.

His round face, blue eyes and fair hair, plus a serious mien most of the time, gave one the impression of a junior Cambridge don, and he used his long facile fingers like a Frenchman, when explaining a point.

Roy Dunlop, In All Directions. Amazon

Their departure had something in it of the bowed and wretched mien of Adam and Eve in the many 'expulsion' paintings he had later seen, and by then the Garden itself had a ruined look, paradise destroyed.

Barbara Vine, A Fatal Inversion. Amazon

Sitting together on the back row: the one nearer the exit a burly-looking fellow, with a rather heavy, though kindly mien; and beside him a slimmer, clearly more authoritative man, with thinning hair and pale complexion.

Colin Dexter, The Jewel That Was Ours. Amazon

Eliot himself presented a buttoned-up banker's mien to the world -- Harold Nicolson described him as ''a sacerdotal lawyer - dyspeptic, ascetic, eclectic,'' while Virginia Woolf likened him to ''a chapped office boy on a high stool, with a cold in his head'' - and the theme of caution's costs seems to have been deeply embedded in his own life, framed by a repressive family upbringing and a long, unhappy marriage to the unstable Vivien Haigh-Wood.

Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times, 16 January 2007, New York Times
reviewing Craig Raine's T. S. Eliot: Image, Text and Context (Lives and Legacies). Amazon

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