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Sunday, 22 January 2012

Sunday Rest: Word Not To Use Today: ointment.

Well, is there anything good about the word ointment?

I suppose it does sound quite thick and greasy, which is appropriate. The first bit sounds far too much like oink, though, so I can't help but be reminded of pig fat.

In any case, the word rings, dully, with disappointment and pain; with grazed knees, invasions of pimples, and unspeakable embarrassments.

I don't know about you, but in future I think I'm going to annoint myself, if necessary, exclusively with lotions, or rich but soothing creams.

Word Not To Use Today: ointment. This word comes from the Old French word oignement, and before that from the Latin unguentum.

All these rather nasty words mean ointment, pretty much.

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