"moist" (again)

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Wed Dec 12 20:20:34 UTC 2012

On Wed, Dec 12, 2012 at 9:17 AM, Amy West <medievalist at w-sts.com> wrote:
> It "nauseates" them, even when applied to cakes!

They *almost* have a point.  I would never eat a "cold and clammy"
cake. But I'd find it merely unappetizing. Even then, it would have to
be described to me as a "cold and clammy" (BTW, doesn't that exclude
*most* foodstuffs, modulo oysters, IAC?) cake. "Moist" cake sounds
mouth-watering, not "stomach-turning."
All say, "How hard it is that we have to die!"---a strange complaint
to come from the mouths of people who have had to live.
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