Wednesday, 23 March 2011


God, I love the OED. I love it because it says everything, no matter how silly, with a face as straight as a heterosexual arrow. For example:

fondlesome, adj.

Pronunciation: /ˈfɒnd(ə)lsəm/
Etymology: FONDLE V. + -SOME suffix2.

Addicted to fondling.

1835 W. Beckford Recoll. 36 Turtle doves were never more fondlesome.

Incidentally, the first proper villanelle was written about a lonely turtle dove. More on that some other time. I must feed my addiction.

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