I received an e-newsletter that used an interesting word. The article described the tone of an author’s writing as being unctuous. I had read that word before and hadn’t taken the effort to look it up. So, I thought this was the perfect time to learn a new word.
Unctuous ( uhngk-choo-us) is an adjective that means unpleasantly and excessively suave or ingratiating in manner or speech. So the tone of the writing was sickeningly sweet. It was attempting to be overly polite and nice almost to the point of being condescending.
A person could be unctuous in tone of voice or in what he says. A person could also be unctuous in mannerisms by having excessive nodding of head in agreement, having a huge smile all the time, and saying things like “Mmm. Uh hun” or “Yes, yes” or “So true.” You might consider that they have a ‘smooth tongue’ and use a lot of buttery praise. At times, they might come across as being fake.
Does this describe you? I hope not . . .