In So Many Words

Info-Comics by Larry Paros

Getting Your Point Across

The Key Root for this column: None

Minor roots: Latin tersus: "wiped off and neat." Latin scind- or sciss: "to cut or split." Old English pith, "inner part or essence"

Words and Phrases List

Detergent, terse, scissors, concise, laconic, rescind, pithy, in a nutshell, make a long story short

Thoughts for Today

  1. What's the value of being concise?
  2. What's the opposite?
  3. Can being terse bring about a negative reaction? Why does that happen?
  4. Laconic is also an eponym. What does that mean?
  5. Can you name any others?