Some time ago I heard a politician say he wanted a “fulsome” debate on a particular issue. Since that time I have heard numerous politicians use the word, apparently thinking it means “full” or “complete” or “thorough.” No one seems to have taken the time to look it up. The word actually means “excessively complimentary; effusive or fawning to the point of being offensive; offensively distasteful to the point of being oily or insincere.” So, when I read in the Aug. 19 issue of The Hill Times (“Upper Chamber should clearly define ‘Senate business’: Tory Sen. Black”) that Senator Doug Black was quoted as saying: “We have an understanding of what that is, but not maybe as fulsome an understanding as we need…” I thought here is yet another example of a politician simply picking up a word and using it without having a clue as to the word’s true meaning. Keep in mind that these people are politicians charged with the responsibility of rigorous examination of legislation that affects us all. David Schneider Ottawa, Ont.