fulsome : Common Errors in English

About fulsome

In modern usage, “fulsome” has two inconsistent meanings. To some people it means “offensive, overdone,” so “fulsome praise” to them would be disgustingly exaggerated praise.To other people it means “abundant,” and for them “fulsome praise” is glowingly warm praise.The first group tends to look down on the second group, and the second group tends to be baffled by the first. Best to just avoid the word altogether.

fulsome Meaning(s)

  • (s) unpleasantly and excessively suave or ingratiating in manner or speech

fulsome in News

  • Myanmar's Pivot To West Is No Shoo-In For U.S. Carpetbaggers

    Myanmar's transition to democracy has drawn fulsome praise from Western powers who recognise a pivot when they see one. Conversely, the biggest external loser is China, which backed the former junta and was rewarded with sweetheart deals for natural resources. So when Myanmar announced last year that it was opening up its telecoms sector to foreign investment, the bidding process took on a ...
    on July 2, 2013 Source: Forbes

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