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Word of the Day - for Toastmasters everywhere
Friday 22nd January 2021
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surreptitious (adjective) su-rep-TISH-us

Done in a way to avoid being noticed, underhand, not straightfoward.

Beatrice was married now, with a family of her own, and because times were hard her sister helped her with surreptitious gifts of money; and with clothes, toys, and treats for the children.

Winifred Beechey, The Reluctant Samaritan. Amazon

A surreptitious study of the timetables revealed that there was a bus at 2 p.m. which got to Darrowby at five
o'clock, and another leaving Darrowby at six which arrived in Scarborough at nine.

Hames Herriot, Vets Might Fly. Amazon

At that time, seven years after the fall of the Berlin wall, shocking revelations about the regime were still emerging in the media: the surreptitious, deadly irradiation of dissidents; the imprisonment of children as punishment to their parents; the lunatic plans to invade West Berlin.

Anna Funder, The Guardian, 5 May 2007. Guardian

“The whole edifice of medical training is based on subterfuge,” he wrote in the online magazine Slate while a second-year surgical resident 10 years ago, going on to deconstruct the surreptitious manipulations that conspire to camouflage medicine’s inexperienced trainees.

Abigail Zuger, The New York Times, 15 May 2007, New York Times
discussing Atul Gawande's Better: A Surgeon's Notes on Performance Amazon

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