Loquacious anyone? words from the root loqui

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Loquacious anyone? words from the root loqui

Postby vaibhavd85 » Sun Aug 26, 2007 4:12 pm

Loquacious (adj): talkative, garrulous.
This word comes from the Latin root “loqui” which means “to talk”.

Contextual example:
Listening to her loquacious boyfriend’s drab talk made her sleepy.

Circumlocution (N): the use of many words where fewer would do.
This word can be broken as “cirum” (as in circumference, circumspect) which means “about, around” + “loqui”, thus the meaning develops as to talk around something i.e. not to be precise about something. When you are talking around something then you would generally use more words. To beat about the bush is a proverb that would give you fair enough idea of circumlocution.

Contextual example:
It was obvious that he was using circumlocution to buy time.

Somniloquy (N): sleep talking.
The Latin root “somnus” means “sleep” (as in somnambulism, insomnia, somnolent etc) + “loqui”, to talk in sleep is somniloquy.

I am not giving contextual examples for these nouns (somniloquy, soliloquy) as I think its fairly easy to understand these words even without context.

Soliloquy (N): a speech in a play when a character speaks when a character speaks their thoughts aloud when alone or regardless of hearers. Thus the meaning develops as to speak about something when you are alone.

This word can be broken as “solus” (as in solitude, solitaire, solo, solitary) which means “alone” + “loqui”.

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Postby Bailey » Sun Aug 26, 2007 11:05 pm

nicely done Vai: This is Dr. G's version

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Postby Stargzer » Mon Aug 27, 2007 11:56 am

Somniloquy (N): sleep talking.
The Latin root “somnus” means “sleep” (as in somnambulism, insomnia, somnolent etc) + “loqui”, to talk in sleep is somniloquy.

My father never talked in his sleep: he swore.


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Postby ClaireM » Wed Feb 06, 2008 5:52 pm

And what about ventriloquy - speaking with the stomach, or rather, "spikking viz ze ztomak"! as instructed by the trainers of operatic singers the world over.
from ClaireM in Liverpool

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Postby sluggo » Thu Feb 07, 2008 12:53 am

Loquation, Loquation, Loquation!
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