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Friday, July 23, 2004

treacly

\TREE-klee\ , adjective;
1.
Like, or composed of, treacle.
2.
Overly sweet or sentimental.
Quotes:
Before the revolution Chukovsky had tried to free children's literature from treacly verse and goody-goody stories.
-- St Petersburg : A Cultural History, Solomon Volkov
Holmes flattered Gertie and Julia with smiles and gifts and treacly praise-especially Gertie-and how the women glowed in response.
-- Erik Larson, The Devil in the White City
Everyone has already said so, so let me add my congratulations to NBC: You guys made this the most dumbed-down, unremittingly sappy, embarrassingly treacly, watch-this-mug cry-for-the-anthem Olympic coverage in television history.
-- Paul Vitello, "Let the Sap Flow in Sydney", Newsday, August 6, 1996
Origin:
Treacly is formed from treacle, from Middle English triacle, "antidote against poison," from Old French, from Latin theriaca, from Greek theriake (antidotos), "(antidote against a poisonous bite from) a wild animal," feminine of theriakos, "of wild animals," from therion, diminutive of ther, "wild animal."
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