Wondrous Words Wednesday

Only one new word for you today Р not exactly a bumper crop. Still, it is a lovely example of someone using a very big word when a very small one actually works better. Show off.

This is from Heads You Lose by Lisa Lutz and David Hayward, in one of the chapters written by Hayward:

1. Oleaginous –¬†Falsely or smugly earnest; unctuous

“The oleaginous red-headed detective from NYPD Blue and that forensics show was walking next to him, whispering.”

Now really, wouldn’t “smug” have worked just as well? And I wouldn’t have had to look it up!

Check out Bermuda Onion’s Weblog for more new words.

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