Taciturn is a special adjective describing a person inclined to silence, whose speech is reserved, reluctant to join a conversation.


This word stems from the Latin tacitus, referring to any deed done silently or that is passed over in silence. Like most, this adjective is derived from the noun taciturnity, hinting us in regards to its beautiful meaning. This word refers to a silence-keeping being, inherently referring to silence as a natural inclination.

Why this word?

I find this one to be amazingly useful. Ancient times mainly focused upon worldly explorations, putting less emphasis upon human nature. Individuality developed alongside to science, as the latter’s development allowed for the creation of new disciplines. Originally this word too used to describe nature- the powerful yet silent walk of elephants or the effortless yet so controlled swim of fish in the water.

These days we easily note how different we all are; what is natural to me is in many occasions most alienated to others and the other way around. Being very talkative, I found silent individuals to be reserved, as keeping something from me. Learning this word enables the understanding of differences inherent within us, differences that have nothing to do with the surrounding. Learning this word taught me that silence is for many, a natural way of living.

How to use taciturn? 

Upon meeting a silent person, whose inner world is bigger and deeper than the external, don’t think I wish they said or talked more, tell yourself that they are beautifully tacit, let yourself learn from their silence and allow them to learn from your flowing speech.  


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Written by Victoria Sheinkin

Victoria Sheinkin is a writer, content editor, translator and chief editor for Speaking three and a half languages, she holds two BAs from the Tel Aviv university- Communication and jounalism, English literature and linguistics.


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