Today’s three vocab words are all fabulous for portraying character. Here they are:
ingenuous: innocent and unsuspecting
unctuous: excessively flattering; oily; anxious to please
henpeck: (of a woman) to criticize/order (a husband) around
1. Famous ex-con Frank Abagnale (who Leonardo DiCaprio portrayed in Catch Me If You Can) warned in The Guardian yesterday that Facebook enables the identity theft of ingenuous children, and that parents have a responsibility to teach the use such technology with caution.
2. When young Pip comes into fortune in Great Expectations, he has, as I recall, a certain unctuous relative who ceaselessly clamors and flatters and shakes his hand and asks, “May I? May I?”
3. The most effective henpecking I’ve ever seen runs so deep its effects can be communicated with just a look: