Cork Slang, Like A Dictionary of Cork Slang
Originally by Seán Beecher
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Construct: Adjective
Definition: Of unpleasant, indeterminate appearance, taste (food, drink), disagreeable, sentimental.
Use: The food was mawkish.
The food was unpleasant, somewhat tasteless.
Derivation: Irish 'Máchail' - stain, defect, fault, 'Gan máchail' - stainless, Latin 'Macula'. (Dinneen). 'Mawkish' - of faint, sickly flavour, feebly sentimental, 'Mawk' (obsolete) - maggot, etc. (Concise Oxford Dictionary). 'Mawkish' - slatternly (1720 - 70). (Partridge). 'Mawkish' - insipid, sick from drink, slightly indisposed. (Wright).

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