salacious = 'strongly appealing'

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Fri Dec 7 19:14:09 UTC 2012

Or something.

Of ginger cookies in Trader Joe's slickly written holiday season ad flyer:

"That triple dose of this sharp, spicy, salacious root gives the cookies a
powerful bite."

Some years I brought up the currently popular use of "salacious" to mean
something like "entertainingly scandalous." At that time I took it for
granted that OED included the earlier pop sense "obscene" (def. 2 doesn't
do it: it's about aphrodisiacs).

But it doesn't.


"If the truth is half as bad as I think it is, you can't handle the truth."

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