Posted by Phil Andrews
Let me begin by sharing that then Guelph city councillor Kathleen Farrelly was the one who pointed this out to me.
Since then, I have winced whenever I have seen 'fulsome' employed inaccurately.
Some time, not so long ago, fulsome crept into the vernacular and came to be inserted to mean "really rich" or "really thorough" or something along those lines.
The thing is, the dictionary definition of fulsome is something foul, or "disgusting" because it's so excessive.
Mayor Karen Farbridge used the adjective this week to describe the municipality's solid waste management process. (The quote comes in the fourth-last paragraph.)
I'm sure she wasn't suggesting the process truly was fulsome -- given that she described it as such while praising it.