Weird Word Wednesday: Circumlocution

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@BloggerDi (3113)
United States
November 9, 2022 7:46pm CST
I had never heard of this word until today. Have you? The midterm elections happened yesterday, November 7th, here in the US. Politicians are often accused of talking all the way around a question or issue, without giving a straight answer. So I think 'circumlocution' is a timely word right now. The word seems too long and clumsy to me. I'd rather just say that a speaker is long-winded and evasive, or even loquacious! What is your opinion of circumlocution?
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@LadyDuck (461429)
• Switzerland
10 Nov 22
Another word that comes from Latin and we regularly use in Italian, circonlocuzione .
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@BloggerDi (3113)
• United States
10 Nov 22
Thank you @LadyDuck. I always look forward to reading your comments about my "weird words". Your knowledge of Latin, Italian and word origins is always interesting.
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@JudyEv (327605)
• Rockingham, Australia
10 Nov 22
Circumlocution isn't a new word for me and I can get my tongue around it much more easily than I can loquacious. It's good we're all different, isn't it?
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@BloggerDi (3113)
• United States
11 Nov 22
Yes @JudyEv, differences make our communication and friendships more convivial!
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@pitstop (13067)
• India
10 Nov 22
I've heard the word being used and could never spell it right. Too many consonant sounds. It's a bit of a tonge twister for me, so I'll avoid it .... Or circumlocute around it.
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@BloggerDi (3113)
• United States
10 Nov 22
Very clever @pitstop! Thank you.
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@RebeccasFarm (87022)
• United States
25 Nov 22
I had never heard this one no. I always used to believe I was knowledgeable about words and so on. But now I am finding the ones you post are not in my sphere of knowledge. I know many people who talk in circles yes.
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@BloggerDi (3113)
• United States
25 Nov 22
Thanks a lot @RebeccasFarm. I'm a self-proclaimed word nerd. I receive emails from Merriam-Webster's site. They include "Word of the Day" and many other interesting word trivia. I get a lot of ideas there for Weird Word Wednesdays.
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• United States
25 Nov 22
@BloggerDi Hope all is well for you and family Diana
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@jstory07 (135447)
• Roseburg, Oregon
10 Nov 22
Nice word that I would never have a need to use.
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@BloggerDi (3113)
• United States
10 Nov 22
Thanks @jstory07. Same here!
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@GrannyGee (3517)
• Louisburg, North Carolina
25 Nov 22
I really like my attention drawn to an unfamiliar word! Now, I not only know the meaning, I know how to spell it. Thank you! I love words ... I think people who write ... love words.
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@BloggerDi (3113)
• United States
25 Nov 22
So glad you enjoyed my post @GrannyGee! Thank you for your kind words.
@popciclecold (35846)
• United States
10 Nov 22
Never heard it before.
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@BloggerDi (3113)
• United States
10 Nov 22
Thanks @popciclecold.
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