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A Man/Woman of Few Words #173694
02/18/08 10:26 PM
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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?


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Re: A Man/Woman of Few Words [Re: Bill Hatcher] #173695
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pithy, or compendious

Re: A Man/Woman of Few Words [Re: tsuwm] #173696
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rare?


/run and hide emoticon


formerly known as etaoin...
Re: A Man/Woman of Few Words [Re: tsuwm] #173697
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Re: A Man/Woman of Few Words [Re: olly] #173699
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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
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Re: A Man/Woman of Few Words [Re: dalehileman] #173732
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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
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Originally Posted By: Hydra
... the Spartans being known for their terse speech ...


heh

Re: A Man/Woman of Few Words [Re: Sparteye] #173743
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Originally Posted By: Hydra
... the Spartans being known for their terse speech ...


heh


And their soft, doe-like eyes.

Re: A Man/Woman of Few Words [Re: Faldage] #173747
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Aww-ww...she is great, isn't she?

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