expressionate, adj.

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Fri Jan 25 20:08:45 UTC 2008

You dodged a bullet, Jon. I've never come across this word before, but
it seems useful.


On 1/25/08, Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at> wrote:
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> A friend asked me yesterday whether "expressionate" was a word. I should have checked Google before I hemmed and hawed and said, "If it sounds right to you, and people understand you when you say it, it's a word!"
>   Boy, that was a close one!  But I now I find over 7,000 Raw Googlits back to 1997.
>   My friend said she's "always" used it, but began to worry when she couldn't find it in a dictionary. It means "chracterized by strong, usu. facial, expression; strongly expressive."
>   She said "expressive" wasn't the same thing. "Expressionate" refers prinicpally (though not exclusively) to facial expressions.
>   JL
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