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(Merriam-Webster)   The Merriam Webster word of the day for June 28 is 'fulsome' as in: "You can fulsome people all of the time, but you can't fool all the people all the time"   ( divider line
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2022-06-28 1:56:20 PM  
Wait, is this Redneck Word of the Day?
2022-06-28 2:08:50 PM  
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2022-06-28 3:08:48 PM  
Fool me once, shame on - shame on you. Fool me - you can't get fooled again. -The Who & Bush in concert.
2022-06-28 3:08:51 PM  
This is another word whose evolving meaning I accept only grudgingly. Traditionally it connotes excessiveness -- "fulsome praise" means gushing. To my ears, when I hear saying "let's have a fulsome discussion of this issue," it sounds like they want to keep talking until they've overanalyzed the issue to death beating a dead horse. But I also grok that they just mean "robust."
2022-06-28 3:10:23 PM  
Isn't that one of the Simple Tools, the lever and the fulsome?
2022-06-28 3:15:38 PM  
I had kin that spent some time in Fulsome Prison. They don't talk about it much, but still enjoy the family reunion every couple years.
2022-06-28 3:18:14 PM  

nitropissering: Fool me once, shame on - shame on you. Fool me - you can't get fooled again. -The Who & Bush in concert.

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2022-06-28 3:22:49 PM  
Fulsome can be a positive term, as when it's used to mean "abundant, copious," or "full and well developed," but it has negative meanings too, such as "overdone" and "excessively flattering."

No!  Bad, Merriam-Webster's, bad!  I don't have a problem with the meanings of words changing over time, but when a word develops a meaning that is totally contradictory to its previous meaning, and those two meanings co-exist, then one or the other has to go.  There are perfectly good words that describe "copious" or "full" (those are two good ones right there), whereas "offensively profuse" has really only one good word - "fulsome."  So that's the meaning that gets to stay.
2022-06-28 3:23:03 PM  

kdawg7736: Wait, is this Redneck Word of the Day?

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2022-06-28 3:30:06 PM  
2022-06-28 4:52:20 PM  

Palined Parenthood: RIP JOHNNY CASH

When I hear that lonesome whistle whine..I just hang my head and cry....
2022-06-28 7:21:44 PM  
I hear the train a comin', it's rollin' round the bend.  And I ain't seen the sun shine, since I don't know when.
2022-06-28 7:42:36 PM  
2022-06-28 11:45:44 PM  
"You can fool some of the people all of the time, and you can fool all of the people some of the time, but you Can't Fool Mom."  ~  Captain Penny
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