Circumlocution: When People Use Too Many Words - Effectiviology - Deepstash
Circumlocution: Too Many Words

People often say something using more words than required, usually to be vague or misleading. This phenomenon, known as circumlocution, is often intentional and a ploy used by politicians ...

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The act of saying a lot but in essence saying nothing at all is also described as ‘beating around the bush’ by many.

People use too many words intentionally in order to:

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Many of us use circumlocution unintentionally or in situations that are harmless, using way too many words when we:

  1. Don’t know the exact phrase or word.
  2. Are speaking and th...

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If the other person is using more words than required, we need to understand how much of a misleading act it is, and how much of it is genuine or unavoidable. We also need to see if the use of too ...

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  1. Simply call out the use of extensive words, and demonstrate to the other person that they are in fact saying nothing.
  2. When a direct question is being non-answered, directly point o...

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  1. Think and form sentences before you start to speak.
  2. Try to make your words concise and simplified.
  3. Learn new words and phrases to create better expressions.

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  • Equivocation is a relatively similar rhetorical technique, which involves using fancy, ambiguous language to avoid clarity, like the ones we see when we read the terms and c...

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