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Friday, 30 September 2016

Word To Use Today: grandiloquent.

My Collins dictionary defines grandiloquent as 'inflated, pompous, or bombastic in style or expression'.

Oh, but surely that can't be all that grandiloquent means. It's such a lovely word, rippling from the tongue in a stream of buoyant well-being.

Surely there's a hint of glorious extravagance somewhere in the meaning of the word? Surely there's some idea of revelling in words and language (perhaps to show off, but also for the pleasure of wheeling drunkenly through the dictionary snatching jewels as they present themselves to scatter for the delight of multitudes)?

Grandiloquent. 

Personally, I think it's a joyous luxury to be showered in such brilliants - and brilliance - at any time.

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Word To Use Today: grandiloquent. This word comes from the Latin grandiloquus, from grandis, great, and loquī to speak.



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