I love long words and many of them, assuming they're used with humor or elegance. Here's The Evening Post's Simeon Strunsky on elegance and long words:
Locution is speech, and locutions are phrases or expressions.
"The Secretary of State...now sits once a week at a table with half a dozen heads of sub-departments. He hears real discussion; he learns to pick men for higher work; and saves many hours of circumlocutory writing."
Explain the meaning of "circumlocutory" without saying "oblique" or "indirect."
Fill in the blanks: "(For some particular reason), (someone) settled on the circumlocutory '_____.'"
Spend 20 seconds or more on the game below. Don’t skip straight to the review—let your working memory empty out first.
1. The opposite of CIRCUMLOCUTORY is
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