What a really horribly wobbly word.
People use it to mean rectangle, but surely a fat sort of a word like - ugh! - oblong can't have pointy bits, or sharp edges.
There's some truth in that, too, because an oblong is any long shape: it doesn't have to be a rectangle.
So that means the word doesn't have a rigid meaning, and I can carry on avoiding the whole wet mess. Hurray!
Word Not To Use Today: oblong. From the Latin oblongus. The ob bit is an intensive - that is, it means extra - and the longus bit means...
...ah, you're there ahead of me.
**there are worse things than being square!**