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Etymology of Fulsome

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The word fulsome has undergone some real semantic changes over the years. It used to mean “excessive, overly full” in a negative way, but it’s come to have positive connotations for some, who think it means “copious” or “abundant.” It’s a word that requires careful use–if you use it all–because without proper context it can be confusing. This is part of a complete episode.

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