expressionate, adj.

Mark Mandel thnidu at GMAIL.COM
Sat Jan 26 15:37:24 UTC 2008

Ah ha. Got it. Only in paragraph 3, with the definition, did I realize the
questioned item was /Eks'prES at n@t/, an adjective (by the suffix), not /Eks'
prES at neyt/, a verb.

m a m

On Jan 25, 2008 10:23 AM, Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at> wrote:

> 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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