Keep it breviloquent.

Breviloquence: A brief, laconic, terse way of speaking.  Brevity of speech. When Alexander’s father, King Philip, threatened to attack the Spartans, he said: “If I invade Laconia (homeland of the Spartans), I will raze it to the ground.”  The Spartans responded...

Circumlocution

Circumlocution: an indirect way of speaking when you would rather avoid speaking clearly, speaking directly, or getting to the point. An evasive way of speaking.   Try to get a straight answer out of a politician. Good luck. Politicians are known for their...

Colloquialism

My girls and I were reading Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis when the word colloquialism popped up.  Here is the sentence: “In my talks, I used all the contractions and colloquialisms I ordinarily use in conversation.”  – C.S. Lewis in Mere Christianity.  I asked...

Luposlipaphobia

Another terrifying thought from Word Up: Live! Luposlipaphobia: fear of being chased around the table by timber wolves. From Latin lupus (wolf), English slip, and Greek φόβος (fear). (Thanks, Gary Larson). Join for free.  Jennifer and Kimberly are getting up at 4:30...

Word Up: Live (Day two)

As some of you know, I am running a ridiculous experiment. Late this year, I lost the ability (okay, okay… the will) to rise early.  I wanted to pick the habit up once again but wasn’t quite certain how to motivate myself to do. So, I decided to...