In English, many things are named after a particular country – but have you ever wondered what those things are called in those countries?
- She was even less pleasant than the metallic voice who caressed me with his unctuous assurances… ‘Your call is important to us.’
- I wouldn't waste two seconds listening to that unctuous socialite.
- It would be impossible to walk by without succumbing to a tub of mellow, unctuous olives, or a modestly priced, sit-down lunch (as opposed to leftovers in the fridge).
- It has nice touches such as the Bath Butler service, which delivers unctuous oils, chocolate-covered strawberries and a glass of champagne to your bath-side for a reasonable price.
- The lousy, unctuous toad is going to be investigated.
- He is as unctuous as they come and as slippery and lethal as a herd of rattlers in a barrel of oil.
- Pete is one of those tiresome, unctuous types who thinks he's a wit and is half-right.
- Roast them until they're nearly burnt, then cover with cold water and simmer for up to two days (if you want to make a truly unctuous sauce there are no shortcuts).
- The first moment after a disaster, we do not need news anchors unchained to any news, no shred of useful information, but plenty of unctuous sympathy.
- A home-made coleslaw, full of organic vegetables and coated in unctuous mayonnaise, accompanies a baked potato admirably, the slurpy dressing removing the need for any added butter.
- I'm sure some unctuous berk could generate some glittering generalities about freedom, democracy, human rights and the rest - but what's specifically British about those?
- But as so often, it seems even charitable works nowadays have to double as celebrity photo opportunities as the rich and famous parade their unctuous concern for the less fortunate.
- ‘Politics is not the easiest game in the world,’ the environment minister explained in that unctuous voice that brings to mind a parish priest delivering a sermon.
- The service at lunch was also very good, but a bit unctuous - in a restaurant like this, I don't really need to be told by the server that my choice of the ravioli is a fabulous one.
- The ending of the story is a bit of a cop-out as the unctuous game show host invokes a hitherto-unknown rule and claims the date with Jennifer for himself.
- I would have liked more of the unctuous Mowbray.
- Another commentator derided the presenter's ‘mixture of solicitous concern, unctuous charm and glib moralising.’
- The excruciatingly unctuous cable telemarketer forgot to mention, however, that the two movie channels, which come in on 500 and 400, could only be received through a descrambler.
- If anyone in history has ever emitted a bigger pile of oozing, sanctimonious, unctuous, fetid, perfidious, malodorous offal than this, I'd like to know what it could possibly be.
- Bob, by the way, only casually mentioned his war record, though there is still something unctuous even about that.
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