Key Root for this column
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?