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Saturday, May 31, 2008

GARRULOUS: "wordy; pointlessly talkative"

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Merriam-Webster Online
The Word of the Day for May 30, 2008 is:
garrulous • \GAIR-uh-lus\ • adjective

1 : pointlessly or annoyingly talkative

*2 : wordy

Example Sentence:
With a few judicious revisions, a good editor can often transform garrulous writing into elegant prose.
Did you know?
English has many adjectives that share the meaning "given to talk" or "talking." "Talkative" may imply a readiness to talk or a disposition to enjoy conversation, while "loquacious" suggests the power of expressing oneself articulately, fluently, or glibly. "Voluble" suggests a free, easy, and unending talkativeness, and "garrulous" implies talkativeness that is dull, rambling, or tedious. "Garrulous," by the way, derives from the Latin verb "garrire," which means (no surprise here) "to chatter" or "to babble."

*Indicates the sense illustrated in the example sentence.

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