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#210876 - 05/11/13 02:23 AM Sophisticated word for the following...?  
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"Lack of Hygiene" Dictionaries and thesauri aren't helping.

#210877 - 05/11/13 09:39 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.

#210884 - 05/11/13 09:44 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 - 05/12/13 12:47 AM 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.

#210887 - 05/12/13 03:11 AM 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.

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

#210965 - 05/16/13 12:01 AM Re: Sophisticated word for the following...? [Re: Sorrow]  
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A friend who wishes to stay anonymous suggested "Pestilent or pestilential."

#210972 - 05/16/13 12:43 PM 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?

#210975 - 05/16/13 09:48 PM Re: Sophisticated word for the following...? [Re: BranShea]  
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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.

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#210979 - 05/17/13 12:05 AM 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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