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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 sentences:

“He lacked close friends as he was loquacious, brawling, and ever in the wrong.”

A student in class came up with the following:

“The loquacious man was unable to keep his friend’s secret.”


The next word, which means almost the same thing is multiloquent.

Multiloquent: Excessive talkativeness; loquaciousness; prolixity. 

Multiloquent comes from two Latin words.  Multus means, much or many.  The Latin verb loquor, means “I speak”.  Together they create the word multiloquent.

Here are a few example sentences:

“During the concert, the multiloquent singer bored us by talking excessively between each song.”

“Tripped up by his own multiloquence, the speaker stammered during his speech.”

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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 prefix com, meaning “with” and from the Latin verb loquor, meaning “I speak”.

During our colloquy in class, we discovered the source of the word breviloquence.

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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 my girls what the word colloquialism meant.

Here is my daughter’s guess:

Phrases and expressions used in normal conversation

She got it.  Here is Google’s definition:

a word or phrase that is not formal or literary, typically one used in ordinary or familiar conversation.

Colloquialism comes from the Latin prefix con, which became col before the letter l, and the Latin verb loquor, meaning, “I speak”.


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).

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Word Up: Live!

Happy Christmas, everyone! I hope yours was great.

Here’s a day after gift for any word lovers….

In order to motivate myself to rise early once again (I have let the habit go), I am teaching a live etymology class each weekday at 5 A.M. (central time zone).  Yes.  That is 5 A.M.  In the morning.   You do not have to come.  🙂

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Margin time.

Dwane Thomas’ Tip of the Week – December 23, 2017

This is a good time of the year to stop and think.  It’s a good time of the year to turn the noise off and spend time with the people you love.

I was recently tipped off by another blogger to this great post.  The author reminds us to leave time in our lives for what is important.

  1. Carve time in your week for margin. Write “Unscheduled Time” in your calendar and stick to it.
  2. Live on 80% of your income. Give another 10% of it away, and put the last 10% in a separate account to respond to emergencies or whatever God may prompt your heart toward.
  3. Know yourself. What drains you? What fills you up? Schedule time to refill your tank with activities that add life to you.
  4. Minimize the number of life-sucking people around you. It’s okay to have some relationships where you do all the giving and none of the receiving, but you’ll live a sad, lonely life if all your relationships are like that.
  5. Every now and then, turn off the noise. Schedule an electronic detox on occasion, and take time to listen to God, others, and yourself.

Here is the full article: http://leadingsmart.com/leadingsmart/livewithmargin

After you read it, give yourself some margin time.  Turn your phone, or computer off and go spend time with your family.

I hope you have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!


By the way, I am going to bring the “Word of the Day” back in January. I will be posting the words on my blog.  To join the party, just follow my blog.  Just go to my site and subscribe on the left-hand side: https://dwanethomas.com/.

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