Caspar Milquetoast, a weak man for every season.
Caspar Milquetoast, a weak man for every season. H.T. WEBSTER/PUBLIC DOMAIN

AT ONE TIME, THE TERM “milquetoast” was the go-to slam for bullies looking to belittle the meek. And while it sounds like some sort of French bread dish (and that’s no coincidence), the term originated with an early 20th-century comic strip star named Caspar Milquetoast, who through the subtle brutalities of everyday life became a sort of hero for the timid soul.

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