Walter Mitty

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Walter Mitty

An unremarkable or ineffectual person who has fantasies or delusions of grandeur. A reference to the titular character in James Thurber's short story The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. He has been described as the Walter Mitty of the political world, a complete nobody who has somehow contrived a career out of standing on a soapbox and protesting against anything the mainstream politicians do. My father worked for the same company for over 50 years and never even left his home state, but he was always something of a Walter Mitty, dreaming about a life of adventure.

Walter Mitty

A person, generally quite ordinary or ineffectual, who indulges in fantastic daydreams of personal triumphs. For example, He's a Walter Mitty about riding in a rodeo but is actually afraid of horses. This term comes from James Thurber's short story, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (1939), describing just such a character.
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Jenny has been playing the field online for quite some time, honey-trapping dozens of Walter Mittys, only to introduce herself on their first date as Danny, Dave or even Terry.
In just over five years the Walter Mitty Hunters Club HQ has rumbled more than 300 "Walters" who used a bogus military background to seduce, con and lie their way through life.
Now the Mirror has gained the first face-to-face interview with a founder member of the Walter Mitty Hunters Club HQ; a former elite forces soldier who has bagged scores of Walters.
The group is named after the fictional character in James Thurber's short story The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, a shy figure with a vivid fantasy life.
The 31-year-old was exposed by the Walter Mitty Hunters Club HQ and the Mirror after organising an endurance race as a former Royal Marine.
Only Rangers, Ross County and St Johnstone got off to a four-goal flier and delivered the start that Walter Mittys across the land had hoped for.
THE inquiry into Dr David Kelly's suicide has not only thrown the Government and the BBC into disarray, it has brought the character of Walter Mitty into everyday conversation.
Although Mitty was the creation of the American satirist James Thurber, he could easily have been an invention of Scottish football.
The spirit of Walter Mitty descended on East End Park too.
You can't help thinking that they are suffering from Walter Mitty's favourite disease - "Seville Syndrome".
Even Walter Mitty would think twice about that one.