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#173757 - 02/20/08 06:31 PM Re: A Man/Woman of Few Words [Re: Jackie]  
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"Effectiveness of assertion is the Alpha and Omega of style." -George Bernard Shaw
#173786 - 02/21/08 02:48 AM Re: A Man/Woman of Few Words [Re: Bill Hatcher]  
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thoughtful? pertinent?

#173792 - 02/21/08 03:19 AM Re: A Man/Woman of Few Words [Re: Bill Hatcher]  
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I found it! apothegmatic

#173795 - 02/21/08 03:46 AM Re: A Man/Woman of Few Words [Re: Jackie]  
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Originally Posted By: Jackie
I found it! apothegmatic


apothephlegmatic?


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#173796 - 02/21/08 04:08 AM 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 - 02/21/08 04:17 AM 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 12:37 PM Re: A Man/Woman of Few Words [Re: Jackie]  
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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.


Bill
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