I admire people who can state their ideas precisely without resorting to circumlocution or long-winded wordiness. Richard Feynman, the Nobel prize winning physicist, is well known for his simple explanations of physics, which do not resort to lengthy circumlocution. “Don’t say reflected acoustic wave,” Feynman would say. “Say echo.” I find that people most often use wordy circumlocution and roundabout ways of conversing if they have nothing important to say.
Quiz: What is circumlocution?
- The act of speaking or writing that clearly explains a difficult subject.
- The act of speaking or writing that is too wordy and thus can be unclear.
- The act of writing or speaking in a complex way that reflects higher learning.