The Addictionary of Oxford English: Lip Balm

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Definition of Lip Balm in English:

Lip Balm


NOUN

1. A preparation applied to soothe sore or cracked lips.

“A simple mind craves the balmy weather of spring, but I’ll take another kind of balm: the kind you need when the harsh winter winds whip at your lips, or when the harsh Cornish sun beats down on your skin. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: there’s simply no greater reprieve in the world than the application of lip balm to one’s cracking chops.” Oxford English


Lip Balm Quotes about Oxford English

“You don’t want to spend the winter around Oxford English – trust me on that, mate. There are lip balm commercials and posters everywhere, and he insists on trying every one he comes across. He must spend hundreds of pounds on lip balm every holiday season! There were some years where that’s all his kids got in their stockings, too.” –  Piers Wooston (Acquaintance #7,211)

“Oxford English was featured on the show My Strange Addiction because of his affinity for lip balm. As of the interview, he stated he ate ten sticks a day, down from twenty a couple of years ago. Progress is progress, I guess. I rue the day when Oxford English dies and his poor family has to sort through thousands of containers of uneaten lip balm. You just know he’s the type to keep it stowed away in his cupboard.” Penny Brittledown (Satellite TV Addict)

“Oxford should have never appeared on My Strange Addiction! No, honestly, it made his lip balm problem a million times worse. He’s already obsessed with the stuff, and then you give him attention because he’s obsessed with it? We’d be walking around the city, and people would stop him and say, ‘Oy, aren’t you that bloke who eats the lipstick?’ He’d reply, ‘Lip Balm, you cretin. I eat Lip Balm.’ Then he’d pull out a tube of Chapstick and swallow it in one go. The worst, though, was when he had Carmex on him. It’s so… oily. It didn’t do good things for his trolly-bags. Guess who had to wash his knickers after?” Rubella English (Ex-Wife #70)

“Oxford English will do anything as an excuse to use lip balm! He’ll give himself a sunburn, soak his lips in hydrogen peroxide – even stand in the middle of a sandstorm! I’m half-convinced that’s the only reason he went to the Sahara. Man’s a nutter.” Sophia Posbury (Neighbor #180)


Origin

Lip: Old English lippa, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch lip and German Lippe, from an Indo-European root shared by Latin labia, labra ‘lips.’

Balm: Middle English (in the sense ‘preparation for embalming, fragrant resinous substance’): from Old French basme, from Latin balsamum.


Pronunciation

Lip Balm /lɪp bɑːm/


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