Wordy Wednesday – Curmudgeon

WORDY WEDNESDAY

I love words! And I love to read! So each Wednesday I’m going to grab an unfamiliar or unusual word I’ve discovered in some of my favorite books.  I’ll post the meaning and the paragraph I’ve found the word to show its usage.  If so inclined, check out the book and author’s website by clicking on the links below the paragraph.  Happy Reading, Cyndi

Curmudgeon means 1) A miser, or 2) An ill-tempered (and frequently old) person full of stubborn ideas or opinions.

It is a noun.

“Curmudgeon.” – Wiktionary. N.p., n.d. Web. 07 Oct. 2012. http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/curmudgeon.

Sugar and Spice: A Karma Cafe Novella, by Tawny Weber

“Of course it is. It’s all right here.” Anja waved her ring-laden hand over the display of (tarot) cards. “So is the answer you need.”
“Where?” Dedra leaned so far forward, she almost fell out of the swing. She barely noticed, so focused was she on trying to see answers. Was there a way to forestall the board takeover? To keep them from forcing Paul to marry? Some brilliant strategy that would give him fifty-one of the shares or drag one of the curmudgeons over to vote with the Chastain brothers?
If there was, none of the naked people on the cards were saying.
 
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Read more:  Sugar and Spice: A Karma Café Novella, by Tawny Weber

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12 thoughts on “Wordy Wednesday – Curmudgeon

  1. I love that word. I’ve seen it before and for some reason I always think of those sappy old melodrama plays when I hear it.

    Fun post! Looking forward to the Wednesday posts!

    Patricia Rickrode
    w/a Jansen Schmidt

  2. Words are awesome. Being an aspiring writer I try to learn and use as many as possible myself. I ever wrote a recent piece about them in my blog. I think I prefer Jon Winokurs definition of “curmudgeon”(which is a decidedly excellent word)

    “A curmudgeon’s reputation for malevolence is undeserved. They’re neither warped nor evil at heart. They don’t hate mankind, just mankind’s absurdities. They’re just as sensitive and soft-hearted as the next guy, but they hide their vulnerability beneath a crust of misanthropy. They ease the pain by turning hurt into humor. . . . . . They attack maudlinism because it devalues genuine sentiment. . . . . . Nature, having failed to equip them with a servicable denial mechanism, has endowed them with astute perception and sly wit.
    Curmudgeons are mockers and debunkers whose bitterness is a symptom rather than a disease. They can’t compromise their standards and can’t manage the suspension of disbelief necessary for feigned cheerfulness. Their awareness is a curse.
    Perhaps curmudgeons have gotten a bad rap in the same way that the messenger is blamed for the message: They have the temerity to comment on the human condition without apology. They not only refuse to applaud mediocrity, they howl it down with morose glee. Their versions of the truth unsettle us, and we hold it against them, even though they soften it with humor. “- Jon Winokur

    I’m looking forward to reading more of your work.
    Warmest Wishes

    • Swenson, thank you for sharing this wonderful description of how humans hide their pain behind masks. The page titled More than Skin and Bones, found here on my site, details character traits, desires and fears, and how different personalities employ coping mechanisms to hide their wounds. If so desired, check it out to learn more. Thank you again for your fabulous comment! Cyndi

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