Word of the Day Archive
Saturday March 29, 2003
verbiage \VUR-bee-ij\ , noun:
1. An overabundance of words; wordiness.
2. Manner or style of expression; diction.
The sheer volume of verbiage he has expelled over eight years is enough to make John Updike look blocked.
-- Andrew Sullivan, "Sounds of Silence", New Republic, January 15, 2001
Points like these seem so self-evident as not to merit much repeating, but in the professional literature they appear all the time, slightly dressed up in academic verbiage.
-- Michael Barrett, "The Case for More School Days", The Atlantic, November 1990
She also indulged in flowery verbiage that her classmates called "H.D." for "heightened diction."
-- John Habich, "Mother Country", Minneapolis Star Tribune, April 25, 2001
Verbiage comes from French, ultimately from Latin verbum, "word."