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A.Word.A.Day--smarmyPronunciation: WAV or RealAudio
smarmy (SMAR-mee) adjective
1. Hypocritically, complacently, or effusively earnest; unctuous.
[From smarm, to smear.]
"But `weasel' lives on as a synonym for that subspecies of Hollywood gentry, the entertainment industry executive, conjuring up a whole host of smarmy tassel-shoe traits." Richard Conniff, You can call him `cute' or you can call him `hungry', Smithsonian, Feb 1997.
This week's theme: words to describe people.
The artist must raise the cup of his vision aloft to the gods in the high hope that they will pour into it the sweet mellow wine of inspiration. -Paul Brunton