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Old 11-21-2003, 02:59 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Word of the day November 21

The Word of the Day for November 21 is:

maudlin • \MAWD-lin\ • (adjective) 1. drunk enough to be emotionally silly; 2. weakly and effusively sentimental

A little more information about today’s word:
The history of "maudlin" owes as much to the Bible as to the barroom. The biblical Mary Magdalene is often (though some say mistakenly) identified with the weeping sinner who washed Jesus' feet with her tears to repent for her sins. This association led to the frequent depiction of Mary Magdalene as a weeping penitent, and by the 16th century even the name "Magdalene" suggested teary emotion to many English speakers. It was then that "maudlin," an alteration of "Magdalene," appeared in the English phrase "maudlin drunk," which, as one Englishman explained in 1592, described a tearful drunken state whereby "a fellow wil weepe for kindnes in the midst of his Ale and kisse you."

My sentence (using definition #2):
"Oh, please don't be maudlin," cried Monica when Mills dropped to his knees, held her hand to his tear-soaked cheek, and begged her for forgiveness.

Based on Merriam-Webster's Collegiate® Dictionary, 10th Edition.

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Old 11-21-2003, 06:17 AM   #2 (permalink)
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She has been approached by several agencies who have asked her if she might be interested in maudlin for them.
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Old 11-21-2003, 07:08 AM   #3 (permalink)
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An evening of wine and food led to long, maudlin stories.
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Old 11-21-2003, 08:34 PM   #4 (permalink)
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The maudlin group was so intoxicated that they could hardly stand.
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Old 11-23-2003, 12:17 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Amongst the beery, teary crowd my maudlin antics drove the diamond studded parade toward eventual paralysis.
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Old 11-23-2003, 09:55 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Every time you mention vietnam around Terry he gets madlin about all the horrors and atrocities that he saw when he was there.
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Old 11-24-2003, 03:12 AM   #7 (permalink)
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The actions of radical animal activists show maudlin concern for animals, but sometimes acting at the expense of human safety.
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