What if Dorothy had met up with the Poltroonly Puma?

30 Jan

poltroon – n. coward

Classic Usage:  Jane, summoned to the breakfast room, stands outside the door.  She explains her hesitancy, “What a miserable little poltroon had fear, engendered of unjust punishment, made of me in those days!”

Classically Mad Usage:  Please don’t think me a poltroon if I fail to use this word in front of you, for I fear that I will make a fool of myself by putting the emphasis on the first syllable instead of the last.

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Posted by on January 30, 2012 in Jane Eyre


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