mores, fetid, fabulation & malign


  • mores: traditions totally accepted in a culture
  • fetid: smelling very badly
  • malign: to speak lies of someone, harmful gossip
  • fabulation: noun of fabulate (verb) – to tell made up stories


  • mores: customs, conventions, practices
  • fetid: stinky, odorous
  • malign: slander, libel, abuse
  • fabulation: tale, fable

Notes: words found in C.K. William’s “Dirt” and “The Dress”

Reference:, the Atlantic online and Edutopia

Words used in context (my flash fiction):

The fabulations the group spun regarding the old spinster was fetid garbage that revealed the true character of the group — not the aging woman. The mothers had chastised them for maligning her with reckless words, but the youth were unwary and unwavering in their libel, sometimes whispered, sometimes thunderous. The neighborhood’s mores was unquestioned, the other children not wanting to attract the group’s judgement.


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