Letters, Jan. 20, 1936

Twerpish Sirs:

Your description of Yin Ju-keng (TIME, Dec. 30, p. 15) as "twerpish-looking" reminds me of Mark Twain's statement about the crocodile, which could not have another name because no other animal looks so much like a crocodile. . . .

What is the meaning of this appropriate descriptive term you apply to Yin Ju-keng? I am unable to find it in the dictionary.


Berkeley, Calif.

A twerp, as Reader Propes should know without dictionary-thumbing, is a small, pretentious, ineffective and unpleasant person whose mode of self-expression falls between a twitter...

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