I have written before about the tendency of some people to use what seems like a more erudite word in place of a perfectly good ordinary one, perhaps in order to sound more learned and thus have their words carry more weight. In that case, it was the use of ‘misnomer’ instead of ‘misunderstanding’ or ‘misconception’.
I noticed another instance of this in a news story about the Progressive Conservatives of Ontario, Canada having a training program for young activists that involved “shoe-throwing, sexist language and participants being denied adequate food and water”.
Following complaints, the organizers apologized.
In an extraordinary move, the PC Party of Ontario issued a formal apology about the event, acknowledging there was “a great deal of feedback from participants who attended the training weekend.”
“Unfortunately it is clear from the feedback received that the CLF weekend did not meet the standards of some of the participants who paid to attend, and therefore of the PCPO,” the Tories said in an email sent to those who attended.
“As a result, the PCPO will be conducting a fulsome review of the structure and governance of the CLF program.
The actual definition of fulsome is “expressing something (such as praise or thanks) in a very enthusiastic or emotional way”, and it is not the equivalent of ‘full’ or ‘extremely thorough’ as the writer of that apology seemed to think.
As a digression, in these days when ‘political correctness’ has become seen as a scourge by some and anti-PC warriors are on the warpath, it is a little unfortunate for the Progressive Conservatives that the name of their party is abbreviated to the ‘PC Party’. Maybe the war of political correctness has not extended beyond the US borders into Canada.