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Definition: spraying saliva while speaking

Pronunciation: sy-AL-uh-kwint


Theis very wet and much needed adjective stems from the Greek noun sialon meaning saliva and the Latin verb loqui meaning to speak.

Why this word?

Because it is very much needed! How many times do you find yourself dodging saliva bullets attacking the surrounding, especially when the debate hits up? I find this moist habit to be the first in a line of only two really bad ones, with the second one being those people who just can’t be farther than a millimeter away from their interlocutor.

Dear readers- if you’ve heard it before, and know yourself to be sialoquent- do everything you can to seize from doing it; drink less, speak slow, swallow more, simply anything you can. The end justifies the means.

How to use the word sialoquent?

Sialoquent is an adjective, referring to individuals who do not have the ability to hold their saliva while they talk.

I like John; I find him to be very wise and, funny and easy going, but the fact that he is sialoquent really kills all odds for this one. It is unbearable“.


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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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