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To think we should all use the word "oleaginous" a bit more.

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Salmotrutta Thu 16-Jan-14 22:13:28

A very underused adjective in my opinion.

Salmotrutta Thu 16-Jan-14 22:14:48


The title should say :-

"To think we should all use the word "oleaginous" a bit more?"

Minimammoth Thu 16-Jan-14 22:16:39

And pulchritudinous.

AuntieStella Thu 16-Jan-14 22:16:57

I find it's used by oily public school stereotypes. So no thanks.

But I'd live to see more transmogrifications.

Salmotrutta Thu 16-Jan-14 22:17:41

Oh yes!

Good one!


ChristopherPyne Thu 16-Jan-14 22:19:10

"Refulgent" is sadly underused.

PacificDogwood Thu 16-Jan-14 22:19:53


'Tis a fine word.

Much like 'vociferous' 'persimmon' and 'serendipity'.

"There was an old man of Calcutta
Who coated his tonsils with butta
Which altered his snore
From a thunderous roar
To a soft oleaginous mutta."

from this marvellous site.

Salmotrutta Thu 16-Jan-14 22:19:55

I'm feeling sanguine despite your attitude AuntStella


PacificDogwood Thu 16-Jan-14 22:20:54

I also like 'precipitation' <happy sigh>

Salmotrutta Thu 16-Jan-14 22:21:18


Thanks Pacific!


GetWhatYouNeed Thu 16-Jan-14 22:22:09

Yes! This is one of my favourite words although it's tricky to get into normal conversation, I don't think I've managed it more than once or twice since I first heard it used many years ago to (very accurately imo) describe Michael Portillo.

Salmotrutta Thu 16-Jan-14 22:23:01

I have been very perspicacious lately - it's my great age.

Salmotrutta Thu 16-Jan-14 22:24:30

I have also perfected a quizzical look that I reserve for annoying colleagues.

MoreBeta Thu 16-Jan-14 22:29:59

I used the word 'enervated' in a room with 15 people in a few weeks back. I said 'oh I just feel so enervated today' in quite a loud voice.

The room fell silent and everyone looked at me. I was quite blush.

Salmotrutta Thu 16-Jan-14 22:34:14

This is my point exactly MoreBeta!

We must use the old words before no-one remembers them any more sad

PacificDogwood Thu 16-Jan-14 22:35:40

I am now totally glued to 'Word Tasting Notes blush

How is our request for a Cunning Linguists topic coming on btw?
<goes off to prod MNHQ>

SecretRed Thu 16-Jan-14 22:36:15

Onomatopoeic is vastly underused imo. It's a lovely word.

LittleMissGerardButlersMinion Thu 16-Jan-14 22:37:08

I love the word discombobulated though I have no idea what it means blush

Salmotrutta Thu 16-Jan-14 22:38:40

I've added that to my bookmarks to peruse at leisure Pacific!


Salmotrutta Thu 16-Jan-14 22:39:49

Confused LittleMissGerard. smile

PacificDogwood Thu 16-Jan-14 22:40:21

Ooooooh, look, a list grin

PacificDogwood Thu 16-Jan-14 22:41:39

Salmotrutta and anybody else interested, would you like to add your voice here? <hopeful>

Salmotrutta Thu 16-Jan-14 22:43:08

Now that's beyond exciting!


Love, love, love that word!!

Minimammoth Fri 17-Jan-14 08:16:37

We don't say modicum very much.

DisgraceToTheYChromosome Fri 17-Jan-14 08:29:45

I hate winter and the crepuscular drive to work.

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