Talk:Verbosity

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Logorrhea[edit]

I claim that the author of this article completely fabricated the word "logorrhea" and everything it represents. Please cite some credible references or delete the section entirely.--JAC4 (talk) 21:02, 25 December 2012 (UTC)

Webster's says it's been around since 1892. Mittinatten (talk) 20:13, 21 March 2013 (UTC)
"He was led on ruthlessly, horrified by a growing facility, a veritable logorrhoea." - Burgess, Anthony (1968). "Enderby" p37 Wellset (talk) 14:46, 5 January 2014 (UTC)

History[edit]

I think a reference to Callimachus' (310/305–240 BC) famous verse "Big book, big evil" (μέγα βιβλίον μέγα κακόν, mega biblion, mega kakon) would be a nice addition to the history section. Mittinatten (talk) 20:09, 21 March 2013 (UTC)

Merger proposal[edit]

Elegant variation and Sesquipedalianism should be merged to Verbosity. Elegant variation, a term coined by Henry Fowler to describe the over-use of synonyms, and sesquipedalianism, a word derived from Horace to describe the over-use of long words, are both types of verbosity (use of excessive words). The article Verbosity already contains sections on several sub-types. Each of the articles proposed for merger is relatively small (7k and 1k, respectively), and the former consists largely of examples, which need not be merged if they are not well-sourced. Cnilep (talk) 02:33, 15 January 2014 (UTC)

Hearing no objection, I merged the pages. I also reorganized the page by "Style advice", "Labels", and "Examples", rather than the previous scheme of sections for each label. I believe this is more in the spirit of WP:Wikipedia is not a dictionary. That is, the article should treat aspects of verbosity as a concept, not synonyms of verbosity as a word. Cnilep (talk) 01:26, 1 February 2014 (UTC)

POV Issues[edit]

There are authors who write verbose prose, and I'm sure there are people who advocate for it. This article takes a very hard line in favour of succinctness that I'm not entirely sure is (completely) justified: At the least, we should include a bit more balance. Adam Cuerden (talk) 13:17, 4 April 2014 (UTC)