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A.Word.A.Day--malingerer

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malingerer (muh-LING-gehr-uhr) noun

One who feigns illness or other incapacity in order to avoid duty or work.

[From French malingre, sickly.]

"But all you need to know about Rodriguez is that when a backswing from a bat broke his jaw a couple of years ago, he missed only one game. He is absolutely no malingerer. Jim Reeves, Injured Pudge might feel relief, The Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Jul 26, 2000.

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If I have any beliefs about immortality, it is that certain dogs I have known will go to heaven, and very, very few persons. -James Thurber, writer and cartoonist (1894-1961)


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