Part of speech:
(Adjectives are describing words, like “large” or “late.”
They can be used in two ways:
1. Right before a noun, as in “a taciturn girl.”
2. After a linking verb, as in "The girl was taciturn.”)
When people are being taciturn, they are being very quiet and don't want to get involved in the conversation. If they say anything at all, then they only say a few words.
You can use "taciturnly," but it sounds awkward to me. The noun is "taciturnity."
How to use it:
Talk about a taciturn person or someone being taciturn. You can be taciturn about a topic or taciturn on something (as in "Why is she so taciturn about her career?" and "He remains taciturn on his plans to run for office.") or have taciturn behavior, a taciturn personality, a taciturn demeanor, a taciturn reputation, etc. Someone might be acting characteristically taciturn--or uncharacteristically taciturn.
As with almost all adjectives that describe people, someone could be taciturn by nature (all the time) or taciturn in a particular situation (in just that moment.)
In person, Jeff is shy and taciturn, but his writing is a flood of ideas and information.
When my baby daughter was born, some family members offered heaps of helpful advice--but when I asked my dad for his thoughts on raising the baby, his taciturn input was just, "Love her."
Look away from the screen to explain the definition in your own words. You’ll know you understand what "taciturn" means when you can explain it without saying “tight-lipped” or “uncommunicative."
Think of a situation in which you wisely chose to be silent, and fill in the blanks: "In the discussion of _____, I remained taciturn, not wanting to _____."
Example: "In the discussion of how the president is running the nation into the ground, I remained taciturn, not wanting to rile anyone up or start an argument."
Spend at least 20 seconds occupying your mind with the game and quote below. Then try the review questions. Don’t go straight to the review now—let your working memory empty out first.
Playing With Words:
Messages that go through an automated translator into several languages and back into English again often end up sounding funny and garbled-- but still somehow meaningful. We’re having fun with that phenomenon this month as we play our game: Guess the moral from Aesop’s Fables after it has been translated into a few foreign languages and back again by a computer program. Some of the morals may be very familiar to you, others not so much. You don’t need to quote Aesop verbatim but rather just understand the message being conveyed. Try it out each day and see the right answer the following day.
Yesterday’s answer: The translation-babble said, “It is not easy to avoid imitating something you can escape the impact of the efforts of its desire, but it will never completely disappear.” Aesop said, “It is not easy to avoid envy: with some effort you can try to escape its effects, but it never goes away entirely.”
Try this one today: “He is his own the real world as grow the desire for the reward will not be deprived of it, the good not.”
A Point Well Made:
"Well from now on I'm going to be
The kind of woman I'd want my daughter to be."
1. The opposite of TACITURN is
2. If your significant other is taciturn, you're probably pretty great at _____
A. preventing petty disputes and avoiding resentment.
B. interpreting his or her facial expressions and body language.
C. anticipating when he or she will be most inclined to stay home or be adventurous.
Answers are below.
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