mimsy


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mimsy

(ˈmɪmzɪ)
adj, -sier or -siest
prim, underwhelming, and ineffectual
[C19: a blend of miserable and flimsy, coined by Lewis Carroll]
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References in classic literature ?
JABBERWOCKY 'Twas brillig, and the slithy toves Did gyre and gimble in the wabe; All mimsy were the borogoves, And the mome raths outgrabe.
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"ALL MIMSY WERE THE BOROGOVES" (61): SENSE IN THE NONSENSE
It is like saying I have to choose between giving food to a starving man and being mimsy with the borogoves.
When Skip's grandmother Mimsy visits, she shares an old photograph of Skip's mother, which was taken when she was off to her first overnight camp.
The work by an artist known as Mimsy featured the world-famous collectible animals being stalked by armed jihadis called MICE-IS at a school, a maypole celebration and a beer festival.
After the laughter had died down, Kent, who had some sort of mechanical opossum in her hand, said she needed to consult with the creature she called Mimsy, then answered:
Other BMWs using this platform are expected to deliver some degree of ride comfort, but the M6 Competition Package is not bound by such mimsy considerations.
"Twas brillig, and the slithy toves did gyre and gimbie in the wabe: All mimsy were the borogoves, and the mome raths outgrabe" (Carroll 1982: 133).
It is none of your business, you meddling middle-class mimsy.
"Jabberwocky," perhaps his most famous piece of nonsense verse (and a cameo performer in First Amendment doctrine (53)), begins: "'Twas brillig, and the slithy toves/Did gyre and gimble in the wade; / All mimsy were the borogoves,/And the mome raths outgrabe." (54) As far as the average reader can tell, (55) these are symbols with no references; "sound and fury, [signifying nothing." (56) As such, they are overt nonsense.