Todays Word: micawber

Word: micawber

PRONUNCIATION:

(mih-KAW-buhr) 

MEANING:

noun: An eternal optimist. 

ETYMOLOGY:

After Wilkins Micawber, an incurable optimist in the novel David Copperfield (1850) by Charles Dickens. Earliest documented example of the word used allusively: 1852. 

USAGE:

“As the shadow work-and-pensions secretary, David Willetts, said yesterday, he takes the Mr Micawber approach to economics: something will turn up.”
Larry Elliott; Mr Micawber May Find Result Misery; The Guardian (London, UK); Nov 4, 2004. 

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