Word Disease of the Day: periphrasis.


Wow, if this word were a disease, I think have it—especially when I talk. The good thing about writing is that I can go bad and read and find that, “wow, I could so use fewer words to say that better.” But when talking my mouth just keeps on going until I finally manage to get out what I want to say, but by then most folks have that glazed expression…

December 9, 2010 Word of the Day: periphrasis

PRONUNCIATION:
(puh-RIF-ruh-sis)
MEANING:
noun: A roundabout way of saying something, using more words than necessary.

ETYMOLOGY:
Via Latin, from Greek periphrasis, from periphrazein (to explain around), from peri- (around) + phrazein (to speak, say). First recorded use: 1533.

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