Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Milquetoast

Today my boss asked me to call someone and "confront him." And she said it with no sense of irony whatsoever. I even looked at her incredulously and said, "You want ME to confront somebody?!"

I am, by definition, a milquetoast person. Milquetoast is one of those words I just despise. Why? Because it sounds like milk and toast, that's why! Two of the blandest foods in all the world. Milk and toast don't confront people, they just sit quietly and breed bacteria. I would like to be some spicy and flavorful word, like piquant or sapid.

But, alas, it is not to be. I'm stuck with milquetoast.

How about you? What's your descriptive word?

7 comments:

david mcmahon said...

You made me smile, Sarah.

And thank you so much for your comment on my dementia post.

womaninawindow said...

Gemini - that's me.

I'm certainly with you on the nonconfrontational front. I mostly just cry.

RY RY said...

poor little Sarah:(. this is funny the stuff that your boss does an the way u describe it is awesome.

Janet said...

I HATE confrontation. I actually quit a job because I didn't want to have to do a performance review of the crazy woman working for me. Pay cut and everything. So I think probably "lily-livered coward" may be applicable here.

Suldog said...

I think "semi-oblivious", if hyphenated words are allowed. I'm tremendously observant at times - niggling about details nobody else gives a hoot about - and then completely in a fog a few minutes later, missing the obvious.

It's kind of fun, actually.

My Ice Cream Diary said...

I would hate to have to "confront" someone. Good luck with that.

I'd say I'm ice cream. When I keep my cool I'm really nice, but when I let my tempurature rise even slightly I'm just a horrible mess.

MoziEsmé said...

Doesn't sound like my kind of job! I've used wallflower and milquetoast, is much more descriptive . . . Wish I could be something exotic like saffron or jasmine or even coconut (tropical and nutty?)