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