Macrology

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Definition: pleonasm, long and tedious talk; prolonged discourse without ideas; superfluity of words.

Pronunciation: mac-RO-lo-je

Origin:

Although originating from the Greek, macrology traveled through French as well. ‘Macro’ is The Greek prefix (but also adjective) meaning exceptionally big, extensive or long; ‘logos’ is Greek for word.  The combination is clear.

Why this word?

We all know them- those people who talk and talk and talk and no one remembers where they began at, what they were trying to say or even why is it that they are still in the same room one with the other. The students among us must be familiar with the ongoing articles in which the point was clearly stated at the first paragraph, or those books that just seem to go on and on and on for no particular reason… Macrology is a very useful umbrella to stack all these irritating phenomena under.

How to use the word macrology in a sentence?

Dana: “I absolutely love Professor Smith! Especially in his intro to American history!”

Joanne: “Oh, you mean Macrology 101?”

“I simply can’t take her macrology. I wish she would have taken the time to think before she speaks”.

“I do not watch the news- I have my own macrology at home”.

 

 

 

 

 

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