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#1 2005-11-20 21:31:54

klakritz
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From: Winchester Massachusetts
Registered: 2005-10-25
Posts: 674

'swarmy' for 'smarmy'

The non-word ‘swarmy’ gets over 20,000 ghits. Many refer to bees, but quite a few are substitutions for ‘smarmy.’ The semantic connection is unctuous > ingratiating > going with the crowd -> going with the swarm. (Also, eggcornistas will enjoy Jan Freeman’s column in today’s Boston Globe on the drift and diffusion of the meaning of ‘smarmy.’ It’s at http://www.boston.com/news/globe/ideas/ … marmy_now/ ) . Examples:

A swarmy medicine man, Dr. Terminus, comes to town, and learning of the dragon
decides to capture him and become rich.
www.epinions.com/content_40321715844

Brian Green (formerly known as Brian Austin Green from “Beverly Hills 90210”)
tries his hardest to get chuckles as Freddie’s swarmy neighbor…
www.sfexaminer.com/articles/2005/10/05/ … n03_tv.txt

I think Larry Miller has a monopoly on “swarmy slimeballs” in movies.
www.movie-montage.com/image/400.php

Tom does his swarmy act and Buffy once again buys it.
www.boilsandblindingtorment.com/Reptile_Boy.htm

Geez, thanks for all your condescending, swarmy attitude, Martino.
forums.yellowworld.org/showthread.php?t=24909&page=4

He’s a swarmy little liar and deserves to be attack like the rest of the cartel.
www.commongroundcommonsense.org/forums/ … 19301.html

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