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Friday, 8 August 2014

Word To Use Today: grobulous.

I keep notes, you know.

One of these notes says grobulous.

Now, grobulous is, obviously, a perfectly gorgeous word, it's in my words-for-The-Word-Den book.

The only problem is that it doesn't seem to exist.

A Google search for grobulous draws blank (except, as far as I can tell, as the name of a gaming character).

The Oxford English Dictionary (yes, the big one) goes straight from grobling (an obscure from of grovelling) to groce (an equally obscure form of gross).

So where on earth did I find grobulous?

Well, wherever it might have been, of one thing I am sure, and that is that grobulous is much too good a word to waste.

So. That means it's up to us to give it a meaning so we can start using it.

So here goes.

Word To Use Today: grobulous (adj). Outspoken, overbearing, verbose, and possibly faintly disgusting, esp. a person given to speaking with a full mouth. Coined 8th August 2014, The Word Den. A fanciful conflation of gob (perhaps from the Gaelic gop or the Danish gab) and garrulous (from Latin garrīre to chatter).

But of course that's only my attempt at wresting a meaning from grobulous. Do say if you come up with a better one.


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