The Closing Word: Mealymouthed

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This week we continue our vocabulary-building series, “The Closing Word.” Each week we provide a new word to help build your vocabulary and show you an example of how to use it.

This week’s closing word:


Pronounced: (MEE-LEE-mowtht)

hesitant to state facts or opinions simply and directly as from e.g. timidity or hypocrisy

indirect, evasive

From ”When an apple or a peach is mealy, its texture has turned to mush — like bread, which is made from meal. No one likes to get a mouthful of that kind of apple or peach, and no one likes listening to someone who is mealymouthed either. To be mealymouthed is to be indirect and a tad sleazy.”

“Buyers can usually tell when an agent is being mealymouthed about a home’s flaws. No matter how much you want to sell a home, you should be direct about its qualities.”

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