[Ads-l] indulgent = 'self-indulgent'

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Thu Mar 12 14:05:59 UTC 2015


I'm still more used to seeing "self-indulgent" for this meaning (when the writer doesn't just mean 'permissive, lazily lenient').   And remember, you can't spell "self-indulgent" without "selfi".

LH

> On Mar 12, 2015, at 9:29 AM, Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM> wrote:
> 
> OED marks this "Obs.," with its final cite from 1705.
> 
> It has become so common in recent decades that it has effectively crowded
> out "self-indulgent" in the popular media.
> 
> A modern ex.:
> 
> 1979 Jon Silkin _Penguin Book of First World War Poetry_ (N.Y.: Penguin)
> 15: If [compassion in war poetry, like Whitman's] doesn't try to do away
> with, or limit, the war that causes the suffering, it's indulgent.
> 
> JL
> 
> -- 
> "If the truth is half as bad as I think it is, you can't handle the truth."
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