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Friday, March 14, 2008

CIRCUMBENDIBUS: "in a roundabout way"

circumbendibus (sur-kuhm-BEN-duh-buhs) noun

Circumlocution.

[From Latin circum- (around) + English bend + Latin -ibus.]


-Anu Garg (words at wordsmith.org)

"There are times when [George] Steiner does the exact opposite, dressing
up banalities in the most clotted, Latinate and circumbendibus waffle
in order to make them appear profound."
Christopher Hart; Speaking in Tongues; Sunday Times (London, UK);
Jan 6, 2008.


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