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Thursday, October 27, 2005

mawkish

\MOCK-ish\ , adjective;
1.
Sickly or excessively sentimental.
2.
Insipid in taste; nauseous; disgusting.
Quotes:
The movie's attempts to connect these out-of-body experiences with the'60s ethos of consciousness expansion are so forced that the transcendent, feel-good leaps of faith with which the story culminates seem mawkish and unearned.
-- Stephen Holden, "Eden': Out of Step at a Prep School as a New Age Dawns.", New York Times, April 3, 1998
Philadelphia Inquirer dismissed it as "a terrible play, a hopeless jumble of juvenile humor and mawkish sentimentality."
-- Peter Applebome, "Blasphemy? Again? Somebody's Praying for a Hit.", New York Times, October 18, 1998
Joe DiMaggio, who died this year to often mawkish eulogies and overwrought sociology, was an ancestor of the current four: driven, selfish, unidimensional in his playing days.
-- Robert Lipsyte, "Time for Sports Heroes to Start Acting in a Heroic Way.", New York Times, August 22, 1999
Origin:
Mawkish originally meant "maggoty" (from Middle English mawke, maggot), hence squeamish, nauseating, hence tending to render squeamish or make nauseated, especially because of excessive sentimentality.
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