October 10, 2012
maladroit (adjective)
\mal-uh-DROYT\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
: awkward, clumsy
How do you use it?
Jeremy's maladroit attempt to explain why he had forgotten his girlfriend's birthday only made the situation worse.
Are you a word wiz?

Which one of these sentences do you think uses "maladroit" correctly?

Sentence A won't float as a possible answer, since it uses "maladroit" in place of "mallard," which is a type of duck and a noun. The fish in C seems to have been left out for too long and has become "malodorous." That is, it smells really bad. In D, the specialist in healthy eating is telling the students that poor eating habits can cause you to become "malnourished." However, "maladroit" fits perfectly into B, where it is used to describe the type of verbal clumsiness that can lose elections.
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