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Unread 07-16-2019, 07:03 AM
Aaron Poochigian Aaron Poochigian is offline
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How do we feel about the word "cajolery"? Is it living spoken English? Is it living literary English? Is it just another archaic (dead) mofo?
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Unread 07-16-2019, 07:11 AM
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I have used it in the last couple of weeks. But then I am a very old woman and nobody listens to me anyway. This is probably because I am an archaic mofo.
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Unread 07-16-2019, 07:15 AM
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That's encouraging news, Ann! Let's bring "cajolery" back from the dead. It will be a zombie word!
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Unread 07-16-2019, 07:18 AM
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I don't know that I've heard it spoken (or possibly I'm just one of those people who doesn't listen to Annie), but it's meaning is clear at a glance, and it doesn't seem odd to me. I'd say go for it.

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Unread 07-16-2019, 07:22 AM
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Going for it:

". . . a sage/above cajolery and smirking wit. . ."
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Unread 07-16-2019, 11:29 AM
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I think that is living English, whether the word started off moribund or not.

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John
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Unread 07-22-2019, 02:02 PM
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“Cajole” yes. “Cajolery” no never. Although I did buy my lovely a nice necklace recently.

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Hi Aaron,

"Cajolery" is a perfectly acceptable noun, and it's in all of my dictionaries... (I have one in almost every room, not that I'm obsessive, or anything) ...including my massive old copy of Webster's!!

There ya go. The word lives, and doesn't require bringing back from the dead after all!

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Unread 07-22-2019, 07:52 PM
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Thanks, Jayne - it was time really for someone to crack open a dictionary or two. Good to know the word is alive and unproblematic.

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OK, OK, I'll use it.
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