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WOTD      
Word of the Day - for Toastmasters everywhere
Thursday 18th January 2018
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maudlin (adjective) MORD-lin



Overly or foolishly tearful, especially when inebriated; weakly sentimental.

When we came to leave the Lamb that afternoon, Mr Barnett, we were all in similar states of intoxication, but Jack had become as maudlin as only an Irishman in liquor can.

Robert Goddard, Into the Blue. Amazon

But she's just part of an endless (more than two hours) unfurling of Irish cliches and Hollywood-style faux sincerity, from the maudlin wake for Gerry (brave smiles through the tears) or the "high jinx" [sic] of that Ireland escapade in which Holly and her girlfriends end up marooned - you'll just die - in a rowboat without oars!

Desson Thomson, The Washington Post, 21 December 2007. Washington Post

An odd choice for a repeat, but if you fancy a particularly maudlin day, BBC Parliament is re-running the entire BBC coverage of Diana, Princess of Wales’s funeral as it was transmitted 10 years ago.

Mary Evans, Telegraph, 1 September 2007. Telegraph

The writer-director Brad Silberling makes an honest attempt at examining what it takes to overcome sorrow, and his movie is never maudlin, but he’s written characters that behave so well that there’s little conflict left for dramatization.

Bruce Diones, The New Yorker, !4 October 2002. The New Yorker

After so many years of barely weeping at all, the British have become absurdly and irrationally maudlin.

Germaine Greer, The Guardian, 10 January 2008. Guardian




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