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Word of the Day - for Toastmasters everywhere
Tuesday 27th July 2021
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droll (adjective) DROL

Oddly amusing, laughable, odd.

Duncan Gay: "Finally, every single fisher that the Opposition has consulted regarding the bill - -"

John Della Bosca: "What about the married fishers?"

Duncan Gay: Very droll. You need to get a life.

Exchange in a NSW Parliament Session, NSW Hansard, 4 May 2004. NSW Hansard

After some amusing, sincere-sounding outrage on behalf of Britney Spears, some derision at the expense of OJ Simpson and some droll digs at the expense of his own, too-rich children, a glinting-eyed Rock turned his attention to the American elections.

Dominic Cavendish, Telegraph, 8 January 2008. Telegraph

In this curmudgeonly but very droll volume, he has lavish praise for the glories of English — “the most successful language that hurdled teeth” with “more ways of saying more things than any other language,” a language “as new as the most recent refugee,” a “brilliant, invisible river that flows all round us, full of things that we’ve left unsaid,” something “deeper than you will ever manage to plumb and faster than you will ever patter.”

Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times, 17 July 2007, New York Times
reviewing A A Gill's The Angry Island: Hunting the English. Amazon

Most of the show's photographs are droll rejiggerings of the ordinary world: a pay phone with a slice of lime stuck into the coin slot, a curving concrete stairway with a complementing slice of cake on each triangular step.

Peter Schjeldahl, The New Yorker, 3 December 2001. The New Yorker

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