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Wed, 21 Oct 2009 10:28 pm

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Thu, 22 Oct 2009 3:03 pm

Hi Joanna,

My first reaction on seeing the word was that it was probably archaic. Searching around, the first example I found was 1908 - in Anne of Green Gables. But then I found a Guardian newspaper article from July 2009 - "Toothsome Twosomes" - about pairs of ingredients that combine well.

As for students using it... I would tell them to stop using those electronic dictionaries and try talking to people instead! Native speakers would most at best be laughed at for using it, and L2 users would just not be understood.

Personally, I just don't like it as a word! It brings Esther Rantzen to mind - quite the opposite of anything tasty or sexy!

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