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A Man/Woman of Few Words #173694
02/18/08 10:26 PM 02/18/08 10:26 PM
Joined: Dec 2007
Oregon Bill Hatcher OP
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?
Re: A Man/Woman of Few Words [Re: Bill Hatcher] #173695
02/19/08 12:09 AM 02/19/08 12:09 AM
Joined: Apr 2000
this too shall pass tsuwm
this too shall pass
pithy, or compendious
Re: A Man/Woman of Few Words [Re: tsuwm] #173696
02/19/08 12:17 AM 02/19/08 12:17 AM
Joined: Jun 2002
Vermont Buffalo Shrdlu
/run and hide emoticon
formerly known as etaoin...
Re: A Man/Woman of Few Words [Re: tsuwm] #173697
02/19/08 12:18 AM 02/19/08 12:18 AM
Joined: Dec 2006
Auckland, New Zealand olly
Auckland, New Zealand
Re: A Man/Woman of Few Words [Re: olly] #173699
02/19/08 04:54 AM 02/19/08 04:54 AM
Joined: Aug 2006
Posts: 631 Hydra
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.
Re: A Man/Woman of Few Words [Re: Hydra] #173726
02/19/08 04:09 PM 02/19/08 04:09 PM
Joined: Jul 2005
Apple Valley, CA, USA dalehileman
Apple Valley, CA, USA
Re: A Man/Woman of Few Words [Re: dalehileman] #173732
02/19/08 07:52 PM 02/19/08 07:52 PM
Joined: Jun 2006
Netherlands, the Hague BranShea
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.
Re: A Man/Woman of Few Words [Re: Hydra] #173741
02/20/08 02:46 AM 02/20/08 02:46 AM
Joined: Jan 2001
Posts: 1,773 Sparteye
Originally Posted By: Hydra... the Spartans being known for their terse speech ...
Re: A Man/Woman of Few Words [Re: Sparteye] #173743
02/20/08 11:04 AM 02/20/08 11:04 AM
Joined: Dec 2000
Posts: 13,803 Faldage
Originally Posted By: SparteyeOriginally Posted By: Hydra... the Spartans being known for their terse speech ...
And their soft, doe-like eyes.
Re: A Man/Woman of Few Words [Re: Faldage] #173747
02/20/08 03:04 PM 02/20/08 03:04 PM
Joined: Mar 2000
Louisville, Kentucky Jackie
Aww-ww...she is great, isn't she?
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