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  • Andrew: this is a lovely piece and blagrant is a great word (though you shouldn’t have given the game away about perhaps sneaking it into a dictionary one day. You wouldn’t be the first…)
    I too grew up in a family that loved wordplay and word games. I think I may have mentioned before in this forum my parents’ penchant for inventing adverbs that end in -lily (“Go away,” he muttered surlily), a game they got off the American humorist James Thurber. I suspect that if you did a survey of lexicographers you’d find a lot of similar tales…

  • Great story, Andrew. The Urban Dictionary (admittedly not a reliable source) has an entry for “blagrant” and it’s quite different:it’s seen as a blend of “blatant” and “fragrant” and refers to “someone who wears too much perfume or cologne”. I prefer your interpretation – maybe you should send it in to the UD