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words : Robust

VOGUE words come and go. Fabulous is pretty well finished, and fascinating has been sent packing, to eke out its days among the second-rate blurb- writers. In the 1960s desperately was the in-word for very. Another 30 years back, the chatterers' expression for bad was wan, for good divine (today we'd think they meant pale or godlike).

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