Posted by: Jan Morrill
I love finding a new word–a unique word that I can roll over my tongue, maybe even blog about. Like this one:
1) The use of more words than are necessary to express an idea.
2) A superfluous word or expression
Synonyms: copiousness, garrulity, loquaciousness, verbosity
Isn’t that a perfect word for a writer? So much nicer sounding than purple prose. Though I’ve wilted at accusations of purple prose, I can almost say I wouldn’t mind being accused of purple pleonasm.
What is purple prose, or its more sophisticated cousin, purple pleonasm? Wikipedia defines it as:
… a term of literary criticism used to describe passages, or sometimes entire literary works, written in prose so extravagant, ornate, or flowery as to break the flow and draw attention to itself. Purple prose is sensually evocative beyond the requirements of its context. It also refers to writing…
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