I learned the meaning of the word "obsequious" because of the They Might Be Giants song "Turn Around".
You know how "obsequious" is a word that some might call an "SAT word"? Well, it actually was on my SAT's the first time I took them, in an analogy. Even though a good deal of time took place between my hearing the song and my taking the test, and I probably would have come across it before then anyway, I like to credit John & John with getting me into college.
Man, I never should have posted that post about good grammar. I'm all paranoid now.
And speaking of the word "raze" -- I have never heard anyone remark upon the fact that its homonym describes an action which is almost exactly opposite. Exactly the opposite of "raze", I mean. Isn't that odd? No wonder you never hear anyone use "raze" in spoken conversation these days.