#AtoZChallenge: V is for VERBOSE

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#AtoZChallenge, Day 22: V is for VERBOSE
Day 22, April 25

ver·bose

vərˈbōs

adjective

using or expressed in more words than are needed.

“much academic language is obscure and verbose”
synonyms: wordy, loquacious, garrulous, talkative, voluble; long-winded,
flatulent (really ?), lengthy, prolix, tautological, pleonastic, periphrastic, circumlocutory, circuitous,
wandering, discursive, digressive, rambling; informal: mouthy, gabby, chatty, motormouthed

“try not to be so verbose when you’re being interviewed”

See also GARRULOUS

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If you’ve been following my theme, they you’ll
probably agree that I have a propensity for verbosity.
See?  😀
Hmmm, there’s a poem in there, somewhere…

Nevermind….

Some of us have a verbose vocabulary,
which we use voraciously, with an air of verisimilitude.
😉
But, surely not Mr. T? Obviously dubbed!

 

Joking aside, it’s best to curtail these tendencies. Edits and re-edits are often called for.
I get this a lot, when analyzing my writing:

“The copy scores 49.1 in the Flesch Reading Ease test, which is considered difficult to read.
Try to make shorter sentences, using less difficult words to improve readability.”

Sigh…

I’d like to think the people who read my scribblings are intelligent
and able to understand what I’m saying. Do you suppose this test caters to
the “lowest common denominator”?
Or, maybe I’m just full of shit?!

Looking forward to your comments!

Debbie

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33 thoughts on “#AtoZChallenge: V is for VERBOSE

  1. True confession time: When I write a story or a passionate opinion, I deliberately try to reduce the number of words to half. It is amazing when I study the text how repetitive I get. I have this incredible desire to go on and on with a word like verbose on the page. It is extending an aura. lol
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  2. Lol on the “full of shit” comment!! Hahaha.
    I never heard of the Flesch Reading Ease test. That’s very interesting. But don’t you think it’s very limiting in delivering accurate scores as it’s basing it solely on the quantities and completely ignoring the quality of the words used? Our government uses it? It has to be questionable! 🙂
    I’m always looking for ways to cut down the amount of words I use when writing (not in conversation but when I’m writing for critical review) and I find in the edits that I so often can chop a few words here and a few words there and it always improves the sentence/paragraph. So I guess I can see where the Flesch test has some value…
    And you definitely do have a poem in there!! 🙂
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  3. I think most writers of prose tend to be verbose (that rhyme was completely unplanned). I most certainly am. Russ, as a poet, was very Spartan, but when speaking? Alas! I could never get him o shut up (not that I actually tried to; now I really miss him.
    On another note, did you notice that the usually grunting Mr. T. mentioned the word rapscallion? Heeheehee! 😉
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