Vest-Pocket Vocabulary

Smegmat’ic, a. soapy, cleansing.

Word in the Wild: Are you sure you rinsed this cup properly? My tea tastes awfully smegmatic.

Smegmatic comes from the Greek smegma, meaning a detergent, soap, or unguent. I think it’s such a fun word to say a bunch of times in a row, having an aptly slippery feel to it.

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