Friday, 25 October 2013

Breviloquence - Brief Recounter

Andrea Joseph, Biro, Art, Drawing
Art by Andrea Joseph


Noun. Rare. Mid-17th century.
[Latin breviloquentia, from brevis BRIEF adjective, short, + loquentia speaking.]

Brevity of speech.

I adore breviloquence.

(I can't say anymore without being a hypocrite, but putting it in a smaller font size compensates, right? And don't you just love the picture? Do you get the analogy? It's a zip, with a love heart, or, in other words, "I love it when you zip it!" Well, not zip it entirely, because that's not what breviloquence is, but "I love it when you say what you need to say and then zip it." Cool eh? Right. I'm in danger of drifting into the aforementioned hypocrisy here, so I'm gonna zip it and you're gonna love it, OK? And I'd also love it it you left breviloquent comments below. Just right below here - in that little box marked 'comments'. Right.)



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    1. Yes, thank you C - now let someone else get a word in please ...

  2. We used to say zipper the kisser!
    The end.

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    1. And yet you express your lack of breviloquence with consummate brevity. Oh the irony!

      You know, the more I type 'breviloquence', the more my mind goes to type (and say) 'brelivoquence'. I confuse easily.

  4. Reminds me of any interview with Formula One champion Kimi Raikkonen. Usually the drivers launch into a long technical answer about tyre conditions and downforce management but not Kimi. "So how does the new Lotus feel in practice?" "It's ok."
    "So how was it out there today Kimi?" "Hot." "How do rate your chances coming into the final race of the season?" "Good".
    Most interviewers have given up.
    Raikkonen's cool.

    1. He's answering the question, which has to respected, unlike footballers ...

      "How do you feel you did today?"

      "Well, y'know, it's always hard coming to Wigan ... we knew they'd give us a game ... and their supporters are always cheering them ... but we came wanting to get something out of this ... and the gaffer had set it up to give us the best shot ... we knew we'd have to try and get a few goals ... blah blah blah ..."

      Breviloquent they ain't.

  5. He's Finnish. Finns sweat cool.


    1. Which, of course, is the purpose of sweat. He's like taking sweat back to its roots, dawg.

  6. Perhaps I should learn to appreciate my husband's talent for this rather than let it drive me batty.

    1. A fancy word for it will certainly help you to do that.