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