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    Question 'Spongy' for 'parasite'?

    Hi all,
    Is the word 'spongy' an informal term used to refer to a 'parasite'?



    Thanks!

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    Re: 'Spongy' for 'parasite'?

    No. "Spongy" means like a sponge. Meaning soft and soaks up water.

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    Re: 'Spongy' for 'parasite'?

    Thank you for defending me ;)

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    Re: 'Spongy' for 'parasite'?

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    No. "Spongy" means like a sponge. Meaning soft and soaks up water.
    Thanks! Actually it keeps coming to my mind that the word 'spongy' or 'sponge' must have such a meaning!

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    Re: 'Spongy' for 'parasite'?

    Quote Originally Posted by spongie View Post
    Thank you for defending me ;)
    Still I seem to have a thing for that word!

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    Re: 'Spongy' for 'parasite'?

    Unfortunately, I haven't time today to spend time on this, but you might try to find out something about:

    X's mind/brain is like a sponge, ... (positive)
    X is a sponger. (negative)
    X is always spong(e)ing off me. (negative)

    X is nothing but a leech. (negative)

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    Re: 'Spongy' for 'parasite'?

    Sponge and sponger can be used in that way, but I haven't come across spongy with that meaning.

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    Re: 'Spongy' for 'parasite'?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    Sponge and sponger can be used in that way, but I haven't come across spongy with that meaning.
    And a 'sponger' could be metaphorically referred to as a 'parasite', which justifies Mehrgan's msapprehension. But in the non-figurative world a sponge is not a parasite - though in a lifetime ot hundreds if not thousands of years, they host a few.

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    #9

    Re: 'Spongy' for 'parasite'?

    you are probably referring to " a sponge " that figuratively means a person who lives off other people's means , Synonyms bloodsucker, freeloader, free rider, hanger-on, moocher, parasite, sponger

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    Re: 'Spongy' for 'parasite'?

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    X is a sponger. (negative) AmE: I've never heard this usage, only "to sponge".
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