I’m planning a book for this summer. It’s going to be a 30 day project. Already it is very well plotted and ready to go, but I have one character that I need to work on a bit more. In an allegory–Pilgrim’s Progress perhaps– her name would be Unctuous. In case you don’t know which definition I plan to use, let me give you a good definition of what I mean.
1. characterized by excessive piousness or moralistic fervor, especially in an affected manner; excessively smooth, suave, or smug.
I have a character that needs to be believably unctuous. That isn’t as easy as it sounds. A touch too much, and she’s unbelievable. A bit too little, and you have a woman who is just “on fire for the Lord.” I need a Pharisee that makes Saul of Tarsus look like a slacker.
Unctuous. It’s a horrible sounding word. I wish my father had used it when I was a kid instead of self-righteous. I mean, at least self-righteous has that positive sound of “righteous” mingled with the ickiness of “self” in there. Unctuous is just… ugh. There’s another “U” word for you.
U is for Unctuous–UGH!