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    Loquacious usage

    So the Webster says

    Simple Definition of loquacious
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    • : liking to talk and talking smoothly and easily

    lo·qua·cious·ly adverb

    I describe the character's speech as loquacious because I think the word fits better than eloquent. The character is supposed to be shy, but in this case he speaks well and confidently at length. But there is nothing

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    A pretty word. But I treat it the same as I do every word. It depends on what I'm writing and the reader I am writing for.

    For example:

    The very prim and proper Senator's wives sat around the grand and lavishly decorated table; holding delicate tea cups with just a finger and a thumb. Waiters stood behind them at attention as if they were soldiers awaiting inspection.

    All eyes turned in hurried anticipation as the First Lady spoke. "I must say I was surprised the normally loquaciously Vice President said little."


    The ladies sitting in the tightly packed chairs in the front row were dressed in what was clearly the most elegant clothing they owned. They were quickly sharing whispered comments as the Vice President stepped down from the podium.

    "I can't believe he's done," Miss Crenshaw exclaimed in a hurried whisper, "that normally talkative man said so little!"

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    Hello Wain

    I would use 'eloquent' to describe speech that is smooth, precise, carefully worded and which accurately and unambiguously expresses whatever the speaker is trying to communicate. If she or he uses some big words, this would be okay as long as they 'fit' the situation and weren't used purely to try to impress listeners.

    On the other hand, if the speaker uses loads of big words, appears to be using them purely to impress listeners and does not communicate accurately and unambiguously, I would describe the speech as 'loquacious'.

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    Loquacious doesn't mean talking smoothly and easily.

    It's means 'talkative'.

    There's a significant difference between someone who's talkative and someone who is eloquent.
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    Loquacious and garrulous are not the same, either. Loquacious simply means talkative, but garrulous implies that the person is a gossip.


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