Four Words for Inigo Montoya
My husband and I enjoy watching the Sunday news shows together. We’ve been doing this since early in our marriage when we lived overseas and Meet the Press was one of the few American shows we could get.
Yesterday morning we watched as NJ Governor Chris Christie spoke with George Stephanopolous about issues including the military, social security, law enforcement, immigration, and national security policy: “I’ll continue to have conversations with [Trump] to be able to make all of these things more fulsome.”
Roger wondered if fulsome was the word what he meant to use. We looked it up (yes, we’re those people).
- What Governor Christie might think it means: wholesome.
- What Dictionary.com says it means*: offensive, disgusting, excessively lavish. Probably associated with foul.
We came up with three other words that are often misused.
- What people† might think it means: bigness, enormousness.
- What Dictionary.com says it means*: outrageous, atrocious, heinous.
- What people might think it means: pronounce clearly, enunciate.
- What Dictionary.com says it means: to announce.
Forte (pronouncing it for-tay)
- What people might think it means: strong suit, derived from Middle French, pronounced fort.
- What Dictionary.com* says it means: loud, like the Italian word used in music notation.
UPDATE: See comments for more comprehensive information on forte.
* see Usage or Pronunciation Note for the entry
† like me.
What other words would you add to a Does Not Mean list?