[Ads-l] Metaphorical "obesity"

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Thu Oct 1 01:29:39 UTC 2020

“It was painful...Donald Trump came with this obesity of aggression, and just a pugnacious posturing that was just not who we want to represent us.”
—Cory Booker (D-N.J.) on last night’s debate, on post debate Stephen Colbert’s Late Show

Closest cites in the OED entry aren’t that close…

1812   W. Taylor in Monthly Rev. 68 254   Many writers have perished of literary obesity.
1876   A. M. Fairbairn Strauss ii, in Contemp. Rev. June 138   A religion as well as a man may perish through obesity.
The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org

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