Friday, August 17, 2007

Word for the Day

Circumlocution

From Webster:
Main Entry: cir·cum·lo·cu·tion
Pronunciation: "s&r-k&m-lO-'kyü-sh&n
Function: noun
Etymology: Middle English circumlocucyon, from Latin circumlocution-, circumlocutio, from circum- + locutio speech, from loqui to speak
1 : the use of an unnecessarily large number of words to express an idea
2 : evasion in speech

In Roxie's Vocabulary:
Extensively known as: palabor-labor
Common uses:
(1) helps in thwarting a brewing argument
(2) eluding tactic especially when asked about do or die questions with uncontrollable outcomes
(3) said to hold off somebody from whatever he/she is about to do

Examples:
(1) P1: Do you still love me?
P2: Do you remember that time we went camping? We were so excited we
forgot to bring water. It's a good thing we came by this little boy... or
was it a little girl?.... I think we should do that again... what do you think?
(2) A1: Everybody's taking up nursing. Should I take up nursing?
A2: Nurses abroad are paid very well. In the US.... however...

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