Joseph Conrad

In a word: Maudlin

Each week The Sun's John McIntyre presents a moderately obscure but evocative word with which you may not be familiar — another brick to add to the wall of your working vocabulary. This week's word:


You have no doubt seen it in a companion. One drink, and he is cheerful, talkative, exuberant. Two drinks, and he becomes sentimental. Three, and he is tearful, self-pitying, and embarrassing in his confidences. He has become maudlin, tearfully sentimental, and the phenomenon is frequently associated with drink. It is also associated with cheaply tear-jerking works of art, which you will have noticed if you...