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#210876 - 05/10/13 10:23 PM Sophisticated word for the following...?
Sorrow Offline
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"Lack of Hygiene" Dictionaries and thesauri aren't helping.

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#210877 - 05/11/13 05:39 AM Re: Sophisticated word for the following...? [Re: Sorrow]
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Onelook's reverse dictionary gives its typical lots-of-chaff answer, but I think the number 1 offering looks pretty good.

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#210884 - 05/11/13 05:44 PM Re: Sophisticated word for the following...? [Re: Faldage]
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Uk English would use the word, "scruffy" for a general lack of hygiene and tidyness
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#210886 - 05/11/13 08:47 PM Re: Sophisticated word for the following...? [Re: Sorrow]
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That works in AmE, too, but it's not exactly what I would call sophisticated.

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#210887 - 05/11/13 11:11 PM Re: Sophisticated word for the following...? [Re: Faldage]
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Interesting. I've always understood scruffiness to be a matter of appearance only, that sanitation is a separate, though not necessarily unrelated, issue.

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#210888 - 05/12/13 08:31 AM Re: Sophisticated word for the following...? [Re: Tromboniator]
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inhygienical

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#210965 - 05/15/13 08:01 PM Re: Sophisticated word for the following...? [Re: Sorrow]
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A friend who wishes to stay anonymous suggested "Pestilent or pestilential."

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#210972 - 05/16/13 08:43 AM Re: Sophisticated word for the following...? [Re: Rhubarb Commando]
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Originally Posted By: Rhubarb Commando
Uk English would use the word, "scruffy" for a general lack of hygiene and tidyness
Sounds sophisticated enough to me. It's even English! Why would one need a sophisticated word for an unsophisticated state of being anyway? Is it rude, inpolite, offensive, arrogant or derogatory to ask this?

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#210975 - 05/16/13 05:48 PM Re: Sophisticated word for the following...? [Re: BranShea]
Rhubarb Commando Offline
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I guess it depends upon context, to some extent, Branny. It could be offensive or arrogant, I spose. But it is certainly impolite and might well be a little bit rude or offensive.


Edited by Rhubarb Commando (05/16/13 05:48 PM)
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#210979 - 05/16/13 08:05 PM Re: Sophisticated word for the following...? [Re: BranShea]
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Originally Posted By: BranShea
Why would one need a sophisticated word for an unsophisticated state of being anyway?


Dunno. That's what Sorrow asked for.

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