1. pecksniffian (pek-SNIF-ee-uhn): adjective: Pretending to have high moral principles; sanctimonious, hypocritical.
Usage: “In the meantime, the pecksniffian French consul was feigning indignation.”
2. smellfungus (smel-FUNG-uhs):noun: A habitual faultfinder or complainer.
Usage: “And a couple of smellfungus from the Official Paper … carped that Issel chose to jump when the schedule reached its toughest stretch.”
3. falstaffian (fal-STAF-ee-uhn) adjective: Fat, jolly, and convivial.
Usage: “His hair was long and scruffy, his ties ludicrous and his manner jovial bordering on Falstaffian; a board meeting, for him, was a debate, punctuated by gales of his maniacal laughter.”
4. milquetoast (MILK-tohst): noun: A timid, unassertive person.
Usage: “Martin Oberman: This is a very tough place. You can’t be a milquetoast.”
5. bumbledom (BUHM-buhl-duhm): noun: Behavior characteristic of a pompous and self-important petty official; the world of petty and incompetent officials.
Usage: “We regret to record the death of Albury-Wodonga with a hyphen. … Bumbledom in the two councils has decreed the hyphen must go from stationery and signs.”
6. Diligence ˈdɪlɪdʒ(ə)ns/: noun careful and persistent work or effort.
Usage: What we hope ever to do with ease, we must learn first to do with diligence.