Ventriloquy

Ventriloquy: The act, art or practice of speaking in such a manner that the voice appears to come not from the person, but from some distant place. Ventriloquy comes from the Latin word ventriloquus which itself comes from two other Latin words. Venter means stomach...

Two words, same meaning

In our series, “Word Up: Live!” this morning, we looked at two English words.  Here they are: Loquacious: talkative; garrulous; apt to blab and disclose secrets. Loquacious comes from the Latin verb loquor, meaning “I speak”. Here are a few example...

Interlocutor

Interlocutor: a person who participates in a dialogue or takes part in a conversation; a talker, or a mediator between others. Interlocutor comes from the Latin inter, meaning “between” and the Latin verb loquor, meaning “I speak”. For example: “After our difficult...

Colloquy

Good morning, everyone. Today in Word Up: Live! we looked at the word colloquy. Colloquy: a conversation, a conference; a dialogue; especially a formal conversation. Colloquy comes from the Latin word for conversation, colloquium. And, colloquium comes from the Latin...

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...