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Daemon
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mawkish

(adjective) Excessively and objectionably sentimental.

Synonyms: bathetic, hokey, maudlin, schmaltzy, sentimental, mushy, drippy

Usage: His pathos is often exaggerated until it passes into mawkish sentimentality.
monamagda
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ETYMOLOGY:

From Middle English mawke (maggot). Are maggots sentimental?
We don't know, but the secondary sense of the word mawkish derives from the disgust we feel at the sight of the insect. By extension the word began to refer to something sickeningly sentimental.


The adjective mawkish came into vogue in the 1600s. Oddly enough, it's rooted in the Middle English word maggot and originally meant “sickly or nauseated.” But mawkish eventually evolved to mean something so overly sentimental it makes you sick. It's not a word you hear very often these days, but feel free to use it to describe really lame love poems and annoyingly mushy Valentine's Day cards.


http://www.vocabulary.com/dictionary/mawkish
thar
Posted: Friday, May 23, 2014 6:53:53 AM

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So for once it would also be entomology! Whistle
excaelis
Posted: Friday, May 23, 2014 10:47:53 AM

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That word always bugged me.

Sanity is not statistical
monamagda
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thar wrote:
So for once it would also be entomology! Whistle


Loved your comment! Really witty!Applause
Archer5007
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I cannot think of once in my 53 years of life when I could have used todays word of the day & I don't think I'm going to waste the gray matter on saving this one for the future. Sorry.
Kathy Hall
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I often want a 'proper' word to describe things that are 'mushy' or 'gushy'. It's a good on to add to my vocabulary. Could it extend to mean 'cheesy' as well? Or is there a more appropriate synonym out there for 'cheesy'?Dancing
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