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Word of the Day - for Toastmasters everywhere
Tuesday 24th December 2019
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prolix (adjective) PRO-liks or pro-LIKS

Long-winded, tiresomely wordy, dwelling too long on minutiae.

'Of course, she'd have to cook her report sheet or whatever they call it,' she went on, becoming - for her - positively prolix.

Betty Rowlands, Finishing Touch. Amazon

The title is loaded with connotations; every mystery demands a satisfying final solution, but this is England in 1944, and the mystery centres on a mute Jewish refugee boy and his prolix parrot, so the modern horror of the phrase is hinted at obliquely.

Stephanie Merritt, The Observer, 27 February 2005, The Observer
reviewing Michael Chabon's The Final Solution. Amazon

The individual pieces are themselves brief, breezy and fun to read, despite occasional eruptions of the prolix and slightly pompous tone that also marred Gould's later science writing.

Michael Dibdin, The Guardian, 14 February 2004, Guardian
reviewing Stephen Gould's Triumph and Tragedy in Mudville: A Lifelong Passion for Baseball. Amazon

At the same time, Gallagher's passionate attachment to his research occasionally makes the book prolix and indiscriminate.

Alexander Stille, The New York Times, 7 February 1999, New York Times
reviewing Tag Gallagher's The Adventures of Robert Rossellini. Amazon

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