Author Topic: "Change and decay in all around I see," he sang softly, almost unctuously.  (Read 2389 times)

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"Change and decay in all around I see," he sang softly, almost unctuously. It was the favourite tune of his uncle Theodore. (from Scoop by Evelyn Waugh; a larger context is here; use ctrl-f to locate the sentence)

Please explain "unctuously".  I cannot imagine singing unctuously.  Thanks.  --- tk

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Re: "Change and decay in all around I see," he sang softly, almost unctuously.
« Reply #1 on: November 01, 2016, 11:53:44 am »
Why not?
Greasily, creepily.
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