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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: MAUDLIN 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 attended a showing of Titanic in a theater with a substantial...