Watch out for this misused word

If – as a speaker or presenter – you’re are ever tempted to thank your host for the ‘fulsome introduction’… stop. Bite your tongue.

If you are ever tempted to lavish fulsome praise on someone you care about… resist. Do not.

‘Fulsome’ is one of the most misused words in the language. It means the opposite of what many well-meaning people intend when they use it.

It means offensive or insincere or overblown. The Oxford Dictionary defines it as cloying, disgustingly excessive.

So be careful with ‘fulsome’. If you want to thank your host for an insincere introduction, it’s the right word for you. But if you are trying to be kind, forget you ever heard the word.

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