salacious = 'strongly appealing'

Joel S. Berson Berson at ATT.NET
Sat Dec 8 00:34:12 UTC 2012

Perhaps mistaken for "salubrious"?  (Ginger is thought to be
especially beneficial.)


At 12/7/2012 02:14 PM, Jonathan Lighter wrote:
>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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