Wednesday Wordage – Loquacious

loquacious-miguelLoquacious is this week’s word. I struggle to remember where I first came across it, and then I realised it was in that wonderful children’s movie The Road to El Dorado, during a staged swordfight in which the following exchange is uttered:

“Fool! Such mediocrity! Let your sword do the talking!”

“I will. It will be loquacious to a fault!

Loquacious is a word Bloggers the world over should know, meaning talkative to a great deal, lets face it, we’re all talkative at heart. It shouldn’t be taken as a direct synonym of talkative however, as it tends to mean that a person is so chatty, that they border on making you want to hit them with a brick, (that’s how people feel about me anyway.)

This word seems to have originated in the 1660s, forming from the word loquacity or perhaps rooted in the Latin word loquax (genitive loquacis) “talkative,” from loqui “to speak.”

It is used quite poetically in the film El Dorado, but what other ways can it be used?

“He who seldom speaks, and with one calm well-timed word can strike dumb the loquacious, is a genius, or a hero.” – Johann Kaspar Lavater.

“I prefer the wisdom of the unlearned to the folly of the Loquacious” – Marcus Tullius Cicero.

… So mainly to insult people then.

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