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#173694 - 02/18/08 05:26 PM A Man/Woman of Few Words
A Belgian friend of mine living in London described an acquaintance as being a woman of few but wise words. She asked if there was a word in English to simultaneously convey both qualities. I haven't been able to think of one. The closest I can get is taciturn or laconic, neither of which necessarily implies sagacity. Any help?_________________________
#173695 - 02/18/08 07:09 PM Re: A Man/Woman of Few Words [Re: Bill Hatcher]
Loc: this too shall pass
pithy, or compendious
#173696 - 02/18/08 07:17 PM Re: A Man/Woman of Few Words [Re: tsuwm]
/run and hide emoticon_________________________
formerly known as etaoin...
#173697 - 02/18/08 07:18 PM Re: A Man/Woman of Few Words [Re: tsuwm]
Loc: Auckland, New Zealand
#173699 - 02/18/08 11:54 PM Re: A Man/Woman of Few Words [Re: olly]
lacosapient adj. of few but wise words.
ORIGIN via Latin from Greek Lakonikos, from Lakon ‘Laconia, Sparta,’ the Spartans being known for their terse speech and Latin sapient- ‘being wise,’ from the verb sapere.
Okay. I made that up.
#173726 - 02/19/08 11:09 AM Re: A Man/Woman of Few Words [Re: Hydra]
Loc: Apple Valley, CA, USA
#173732 - 02/19/08 02:52 PM Re: A Man/Woman of Few Words [Re: dalehileman]
Loc: Netherlands, the Hague
Can we be realistic about it? It's not that hard to keep your words wise when you use few.
I would call her a WWofeW. (Wise Woman of few Words).
Why does the owl represent wisdom? That big-eye stare, immobility and silence.
#173741 - 02/19/08 09:46 PM Re: A Man/Woman of Few Words [Re: Hydra]
Originally Posted By: Hydra... the Spartans being known for their terse speech ...
#173743 - 02/20/08 06:04 AM Re: A Man/Woman of Few Words [Re: Sparteye]
Originally Posted By: SparteyeOriginally Posted By: Hydra... the Spartans being known for their terse speech ...
And their soft, doe-like eyes.
#173747 - 02/20/08 10:04 AM Re: A Man/Woman of Few Words [Re: Faldage]
Loc: Louisville, Kentucky
Aww-ww...she is great, isn't she?
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