Awesome word: “Smarmy”

The first time I ever heard this word used was in an analogy. Without getting into the irrelevancies of why the person was discussing the particular subject, I merely include it, here:

….Ever flush an unusually smarmy turd, only to have it pop back up again after the flush was over…?

I have since heard it used as an adjective for various things, but never specifically pertaining to a manner of speech, which Princeton Wordnet sets forth as the appropriate meaning–

# S: (adj) buttery, fulsome, oily, oleaginous, smarmy, soapy, unctuous (unpleasantly and excessively suave or ingratiating in manner or speech) “buttery praise”; “gave him a fulsome introduction”; “an oily sycophantic press agent”; “oleaginous hypocrisy”; “smarmy self-importance”; “the unctuous Uriah Heep”; “soapy compliments.”

I find this definition limiting for a word with an obscure etymology, and which is a relative newcomer to the English Language (as the following article discusses) and which has the words “oily,”  “unctuous,”  and “oleaginous” as synonyms.

Personally, I can’t think of a better definition than the one offered by The Word Detective website:

Smarmy: Slathered with creepiness.

Read more about it, here.


Author: Stink

Former jet-fighter jock, currently an eccentric philanthropist and international playboy, Stinkfinger is devoted to juxtaposing the sacred and the profane to both baffle and entertain you, and possibly to save Western civilization from utter dissolution. Stinkfinger neither engages in nor understands the practice of “felching.”

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  1. Unctuous is a great word.

    And smarm is more than oil, I’ll guarantee ya whut.

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