"That's a great deal to make one word mean," Alice said in a thoughtful tone. "When I make a word do a lot of work like that," said Humpty Dumpty, "I always pay it extra."

Friday, 3 April 2009


Obsequious is one of those words that sounds like what it is - a fawning subservience.

It conjours up visions of Dickensian charcaters rubbing ther hands together and virtually tugging their forelocks in an ingratiating or servile manner.


  1. To me the ultimate character representing obsequity or obsequiousness was Mr Obadiah Slope in Barchester Chronicles (particularly as represented by Alan Rickman in the BBC series).

  2. Uriah Heep all the way!
    (I just found your blogs due to hunting for Chesterton quotes online, and must say I am impressed.)