Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Our Terms: v-o-l-u-b-l-e, voluble

voluble \VOL-yuh-buhl\, adjective:
1. Characterized by a ready flow of speech.
2. Easily rolling or turning; rotating.
3. (Botany) Having the power or habit of turning or twining.

Rostow was voluble, exuberant and full of good and sometimes foolish ideas.
-- Kai Bird, The Color of Truth

Two glasses of wine made him voluble and three made him bellicose, sentimental and sometimes slurred.
-- "How Nixon turned into Tricky Dicky", Daily Telegraph, March 9, 1999

He listened patiently and with quiet amusement to my enthusiasm. Indeed, this turned out to be our pattern: I, more ignorant but more voluble, would babble on, while he would offer an occasional objection or refinement.
-- Phillip Lopate, Totally, Tenderly, Tragically

Her tongue, so voluble and kind,
It always runs before her mind.
-- Matthew Prior, "Truth and Falsehood"

C'mon, you know you wanna use it in a sentence! Do it in the comments section.


Kate said...

Great post :D
In response to the "How Nixon turned into Tricky Dicky" quote, drinking often makes people voluble. Although what they say usually doesn't make any sense.

I Heart Monster said...

:o) Too true!

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