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AP: Tabloid Spiked 'Salacious' Trump Tip

Lookups jump 5200% after latest reports


Salacious spasmodically leapt to the forefront of our lookups on April 12th, 2018, after the word was employed widely across a variety of media, in reference to rumors concerning Donald Trump and the National Enquirer.

The word is a synonym of 'lascivious' and 'lecherous.'

$30,000 rumor? Tabloid paid for, spiked, salacious Trump tip
— (headline) Associated Press (ap.com), 12 Apr. 2018

We define salacious as "arousing or appealing to sexual desire or imagination" or "lecherous, lustful." The word may be traced to the Latin salire, meaning “to move spasmodically, to leap,” an origin it shares with the sally of sally forth. It has been in use in English since the middle of the 17th century. The noun form, meaning “the quality or state of being salacious” is either salaciousness or, if you’re feeling a bit frisky and sassy, salacity.

There, the least Sin has its peculiar Punishment, wonderfully extracted out of its own Sordidness: The Salacious shall inhabit in unextinguishable sulphurous Fire, continually flaming from their own inordinate Affections: The Epicure and Ebrious shall sigh in vain for a little Water to cool their Tongues: The Outragious and Passionate shall snarl like mad Dogs; and the Malicious and Uncharitable shall corrode their own Entrails….
— Richard Allestree, The Whole Duty of Divine Meditation, 1694



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