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Wednesday, May 29

Foible

[fȯi-bəl]

Part of speech: noun

Origin: Old French, late 16th century

1.

A minor moral weakness

2.

a mistake in behavior

3.

the part on a blade between the center and the point

Examples of Foible in a sentence

"If it weren't for a few minor foibles, George would have made a great manager."

"I thought the date was going well, but some unknown foible of mine must have scared him off."

About Foible

Mary Shelley began writing the story of tragically obsessed Doctor Frankenstein and his monster when she was just 19, publishing it two years later at 21. What many don't know is that Mary Shelley also wrote what is considered the first modern post-apocalyptic novel, The Last Man, about a group of people struggling to survive in a world infected by plague.

Did you Know?

The foible of a blade is often its weakest point, just as a personal foible might be to an individual's personality

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