One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘my mother decided I should learn embroidery’
needlework, needlepoint, needlecraft, sewing, cross stitch, tatting, crochet, crewel work
2‘fanciful embroidery of the facts’
elaboration, embellishment, adornment, ornamentation, colouring, enhancement
exaggeration, overstatement, hyperbole
touching up, dressing up, gilding, varnishing, gingering up
informal jazzing up
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