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Samuel Pepys

In a word: truckle

Each week The Sun's John McIntyre presents a moderately obscure but evocative word with which you may not be familiar — another brick to add to the wall of your working vocabulary. This week's word:


There are multiple ways to bend to superior power or influence, and truckle (pronounced TRUK-uhl) encompasses much of the spectrum. It can mean simply to take a subordinate position. It can mean to give way timidly. Worse, it can mean to submit from an unworthy motive. Worst, it can mean to cringe, to be servile, to be obsequious. The latter meanings have given it a tinge that you would probably resist applying to...