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#173757 - 02/20/08 01:31 PM Re: A Man/Woman of Few Words [Re: Jackie]
tonyc Offline

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"Effectiveness of assertion is the Alpha and Omega of style." -George Bernard Shaw

#173786 - 02/20/08 09:48 PM Re: A Man/Woman of Few Words [Re: Bill Hatcher]
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thoughtful? pertinent?

#173792 - 02/20/08 10:19 PM Re: A Man/Woman of Few Words [Re: Bill Hatcher]
Jackie Offline

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I found it! apothegmatic

#173795 - 02/20/08 10:46 PM Re: A Man/Woman of Few Words [Re: Jackie]
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Originally Posted By: Jackie
I found it! apothegmatic

formerly known as etaoin...

#173796 - 02/20/08 11:08 PM Re: A Man/Woman of Few Words [Re: Buffalo Shrdlu]
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So long as I live, I will never understand the spelling of apophthegm.

#173798 - 02/20/08 11:17 PM Re: A Man/Woman of Few Words [Re: Hydra]
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apophthegm is but a variant of apothegm, but stems from Greek apophthegma; an apothegm is a maxim, which is a terse pithy saying.

I don't think our wanted word relates all that much to maxims.

#173814 - 02/21/08 07:37 AM Re: A Man/Woman of Few Words [Re: Jackie]
Bill Hatcher Offline

Registered: 12/03/07
Posts: 4
Loc: Oregon
Well, you all made me laugh this cold Chicago morning as the first El of the day awoke me [grumpily] in my hotel. (The next six passed by in the succeeding two minutes.

I particularly like lacosapient. I only saw the definition at first. "Okay, I made that up" was revealed only upon scrolling down.

Aphoristic, pithy and compendious seem to more imply quick wit rather than wisdom necessarily. Prudent seems to have more of a sense of caution than wisdom and laconic could refer to the farmer who confines his speech to yep and nope.

Knowing I haven't overlooked the obvious helps. I vote for coining one. It would be a lot more useful than a lot of coinage. That said, lacosapient might be just a bit stilted.

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