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verbalism (VUR-buh-liz-uhm) noun

1. An expression in words; a word or phrase. The manner in which something is phrased; wording.

2. A wordy phrase or sentence that has little meaning.

3. Abundant use of words without conveying much meaning.

"Crimes against women were attacked at the Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action in June 1993 with 160 countries and countless non-governmental organizations demanding not mere vitriolic verbalism but effective action to make gender justice a living reality." Iyer, V.R. Krishna, Witanage, Susie, In the Court of Women II-Asia Tribunal on Women's Human Rights in Tokyo, Contemporary Women's Issues Database, 12 Mar 1994.

This week's theme: words about words.


Mistakes live in the neighbourhood of truth and therefore delude us. -Rabindranath Tagore, Indian Poet (1861-1941)

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