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WOTD  
Word of the Day - for Toastmasters everywhere
Saturday 4th December 2021
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perspicuous (adjective) pur-SPIK-yu-us



Crystal clear (and accordingly easily understood), lucid.

She lifted her diffident eyelids and shot one perspicuous, judicial glance at Mr. Donovan, politely murmured his name, and returned to her mutton.

O. Henry, The Count and the Wedding Guest. Amazon

I am always willing to run some hazard of being tedious, in order to be sure that I am perspicuous; and, after taking the utmost pains that I can to be perspicuous, some obscurity may still appear to remain upon a subject, in its own nature extremely abstracted.

Adam Smith, The Wealth of Nations. Amazon

To write a genuine familiar or truly English style, is to write as anyone would speak in common conversation who had a thorough command and choice of words, or who could discourse with ease, force, and perspicuity, setting aside all pedantic, and oratorical flourishes.

William Hazlitt, On Familiar Style. Amazon

The legacy of these trans-Atlantic crossings was not only James's determination, later in life, to make his home in England, but also "the international theme," explored with such perspicuity in works like "Daisy Miller," "The Ambassadors" and "The Golden Bowl."

Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times, 1 December 1992. New York Times




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