January 21, 2019
eloquent (adjective)
\EL-uh-kwunt\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
1 : having or showing clear and forceful expression2 : clearly showing some feeling or meaning
How do you use it?
Today we celebrate the life of Martin Luther King, Jr., the leader of the Civil Rights Movement whose courageous and eloquent speeches electrified the nation during the 1960s.
Are you a word wiz?

Like many English words, "eloquent" derives from Latin. Which of the Latin words below do you think is the root of "eloquent"?

Since "eloquent" has to do with speaking, it makes sense that it comes from the Latin verb "loqui," which means "to talk." You might remember our chatty Buzzword "loquacious," a synonym of "talkative." It also arose from "loqui." Another "loqui" relative is "circumlocution." That's a fancy way of saying that someone is talking around a subject to avoid making a direct statement ("circum" means "around"). And a "ventriloquist" is someone who makes his or her voice sound like it's coming from something that normally doesn't speak.
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