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Word of the Day - for Toastmasters everywhere
Wednesday 8th December 2021
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salty (adjective) SAWL-ti

Tasting of salt, lively, amusing, somewhat indecent, associated with nautical life.

This, his second novel, is unashamedly heartwarming, with plenty of salty Dublin dialogue that just dodges caricature in favour of affectionate humour.

Unattributed, The Observer, 14 March 2004 Observer - commenting on
Peter Sheridan's novel, Big Fat Love. Amazon

Lewis and husband, Leighton, sail through the usual salty rites of passage, and she handles these with an eye and voice entirely her own. But the boaty business is only the tip of the iceberg.

Peter Nichols, Guardian, 21 May 2005 Guardian - reviewing
Gwyneth Lewis's Two in a Boat: A Marital Rite of Passage. Amazon

It has claims to being the first adventure story in the language - though precisely which language is interesting to conjecture, as Defoe's salty cocktail of 18th-century archaism and seafaring slang produces such bizarre formulations as: "These big words amazed the fellows and answered my end to a tittle; for they told such rodomontading stories of us when they came back to their ships."

Alfred Hickling, Guardian, 30 November 2002 Guardian - reviewing
Daniel Defoe's The King of Pirates Amazon

So concierges try to read body language, pick up clues and quickly learn a person’s tastes. Most of the time it works, but they often hear about it when it does not.

“I sent a family of 13 to see 'Company,' ” Mr. Domenick said, adding that he described the plot and mentioned the occasional salty patch. “Well, 9 of them left. They were with kids, and they were from the Bible Belt.”

Campbell Robertson, The New York Times, 27 March 2007.
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