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  1. I remember writing that word on a card with several other obscurities, like recondite and heuristic, when I was at university (long time ago).Another was fulsome, and I hear it used in doubtful ways about once a week I think. One dictionary advises:”USAGE The earliest recorded use of fulsome, in the 13th century, had the meaning 'abundant,' but in modern use this is held by many to be incorrect. The correct current meaning is 'disgusting because overdone, excessive.' The word is still often used to mean 'abundant, copious,' but this use can give rise to ambiguity: for one speaker, fulsome praise may be a genuine compliment; for others, it will be interpreted as an insult. For this reason alone, it is best to avoid the word altogether if the context is likely to be sensitive.”

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