In So Many Words

Books of Educational and Informational Comics from Larry Paros


Book I: What's That You Say? (The Use and Misuse of Language)

Of Few Words

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Key Root for this column


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?