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Sunday, 23 December 2012

Sunday Rest: Word Not To Use Today: turgid.

I suppose turgid is rather a good word, because it sounds boring, swollen, and uncomfortable, and this is just what it means.

It's a nasty, belching thing, like a stomach at Christmas, and much best left where it's most usually found, in a dictionary.

Word Not To Use Today: turgid. This word comes from the Latin word turgēre, to swell.

NB. Turgid language is the sort that makes you feel as if you're going down for the third time into an oozing swamp. I could give you an example, but, hey, there's probably a politician illustrating this word beautifully at this very moment on a TV near you.

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