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WOTD  
Word of the Day - for Toastmasters everywhere
Saturday 23rd January 2021
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scurrilous (adjective) SKU-ri-lus



Abusive, unjustifiably defamatory, foul-mouthed, vulgar.

These are the front covers to La Vie Sexuelle de Tintin and Tintin en Suisse (The Sex Life of Tintin and Tintin in Switzerland), perhaps the most scurrilous of the unofficial Tintin comics in circulation.

Gabriel Coxhead, The Guardian, 7 May 2007. Guardian

Streaming out behind the small, private plane - owned by an obsessive local multi-millionaire - would be scurrilous messages scrawled on banners which branded her a thief and a liar.

Olga Craig, Telegraph, 30 January 2006. Telegraph

Falwell also had a thing about Bill Clinton, bankrolling a scurrilous 1994 video called The Clinton Chronicles, a slickly produced fantasy about the then President, allegedly at the centre of a veritable criminal network of drugs, corruption and murder.

Rupert Cornwell, The Independent, 17 May 2007. The Independent

Everybody knew what Streicher stood for. Gauleiter of Franconia, editor of the lethally scurrilous Nazi weekly Der Stürmer, he was the most famous Jew-baiter in Germany.

Clive Hames, The New York Times, 25 March 2007. New York Times




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