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Pompous Twitage in Wine Reviewing

by Bill Spohn » Thu Jan 17, 2013 7:45 pm

We see some pretty over the top verbiage from wine reviewers trying to be different/cute/precious, but this local one has to be near the top of Mount Pretentious. I thought under the circumstances you'd allow me the 'twitage' in the thread title.

What do you think? Methinks he has stuffed a thesaurus up his fundament (where it rests alongside his palate).

Château Clément St-Jean 2009 - spoons calm, cool, collected as a Bordeaux Cru Bourgeois with fruit, acidity and tannin all in balance. Beauty grows vicariously out of the hebetic and muliebrous 2009 vintage by way of an immediate transference to the Medoc’s middle class. This château shines, “thinking clean clean thoughts” and demonstrates there is an ecclesiastical time for everything.
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Re: Pompous Twitage in Wine Reviewing

by David M. Bueker » Thu Jan 17, 2013 8:08 pm

More like Mount Gibberish
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Re: Pompous Twitage in Wine Reviewing

by Steve Edmunds » Thu Jan 17, 2013 8:48 pm

"hebetic and muliebrous" !!!
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Re: Pompous Twitage in Wine Reviewing

by Brian Gilp » Thu Jan 17, 2013 9:13 pm

But how many points did he give it?
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Re: Pompous Twitage in Wine Reviewing

by Bob Parsons Alberta » Fri Jan 18, 2013 2:54 am

Sorry folks, I do not give points! :lol:
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Re: Pompous Twitage in Wine Reviewing

by Fredrik L » Fri Jan 18, 2013 7:00 am

Methinks a point number of four score and a dozen would be appropriate. :wink:

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Re: Pompous Twitage in Wine Reviewing

by Otto » Fri Jan 18, 2013 7:36 am

I love obscure vocabulary but this is not how such words should be used. Arabic has a literary tradition of springing verbal surprises (nawadir, or rare words) on the reader. My favourite travel writer, Tim Mackntosh-Smith is a master of nawadir:

"The odd one is an ornament, like a mole on a beautiful face," he said, as if he were quoting an Arabic proverb, as he often does. "I think it's good for the reader to have a puzzle every so often, though not too many," he said.

Describing a beached whale in Oman , for example, he writes in "Travels With a Tangerine," "I tried to imagine this inert, axungious blob alive, flexing and somersaulting through the deep ocean." His editor, unable to find the adjective axungious in any dictionary, queried him. Mr. Mackintosh-Smith was able to cite a 17th-century writer who used the word (it's from Latin) to describe something resembling lard.

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The author of the TN should perhaps heed this advice.
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Re: Pompous Twitage in Wine Reviewing

by Tim York » Fri Jan 18, 2013 8:56 am

Otto Nieminen wrote: His editor, unable to find the adjective axungious in any dictionary, queried him. Mr. Mackintosh-Smith was able to cite a 17th-century writer who used the word (it's from Latin) to describe something resembling lard.


I wonder if it's allowed in Scrabble :? .
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Re: Pompous Twitage in Wine Reviewing

by Robin Garr » Fri Jan 18, 2013 2:16 pm

I have a pretty good vocabulary, but I had to look up "muliebrous." I wasn't sure it was a word.
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Re: Pompous Twitage in Wine Reviewing

by Bill Spohn » Fri Jan 18, 2013 2:33 pm

Robin Garr wrote:I have a pretty good vocabulary, but I had to look up "muliebrous." I wasn't sure it was a word.


I had to as well, Robin and I have a very large vocabulary that I sometimes inflict without thinking on others. That particular word is one I don't even recall seeing before and has to be the result of a conscious search in a thesaurus.

Which remninds me, I haven't posted any oddball words lately - must get to that.
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Re: Pompous Twitage in Wine Reviewing

by ChaimShraga » Fri Jan 18, 2013 5:43 pm

To be charitable, "an ecclesiastical time for everything" isn't too bad.
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