Learn A Word: Obnoxious
I went out for lunch with a couple of colleagues last Friday. A bright young woman joined us, who was a former colleague of theirs at another company. Or, I should say that I joined their lunch gathering, since apparently they had planned for it.
Anyway, we got introduced to each other, and the first thing I noticed about her was her unusually fast speed of speaking. I was happy to be able to follow her speech. Soon, I noticed another thing about her speech - the frequent use of the word "obnoxious". I roughly remembered it was a bad word, but not exactly. As she kept saying it, the sound of this word, the expression on her face, and the responses of my colleagues all convinced me that this should be a very bad word.
Later that day, I looked it up on Wiktionary, and, yes, it means "Extremely unpleasant, offensive, very annoying, odious or contemptible." I hope that I will not be described as "obnoxious" by any means.