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    Actually, after thirty odd years of reading these things I still have trouble with language which is poetic, allegorical, metaphorical, and or difficult to understand. There may be useful commentaries, but reading the majority of the texts is like trying to wade through treacle. When stuff is hard to understand because it is hard to put into words anyway, differences in language, culture, time and so on are bound to cause problems for specialists in these areas, let alone the rest of us.

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    philg: Had to look this one up...

    trea·cle [ tree-k uhl]

    NOUN
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    contrived or unrestrained sentimentality: a movie plot of the most shameless treacle.
    2.
    Pharmacology Obsolete. any of various medicinal compounds, formerly used as antidotes for poison.
    Yes. I assume you mean connotation #1. ; )

    This is a new term for me. Not in 73 + 10/12 ths years have I ever heard that word before. Thanks for teaching it to me.

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    Treacle is British for molasses. Try wading through a pool of that, and that is what going through some of these texts feels like for me. On the other hand, 'contrived or unrestrained sentimentality' is a pretty good description too

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