circumlocution


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cir·cum·lo·cu·tion

(sĭr'kŭm-lō-kyū'shŭn)
Indirect, roundabout, wordy, or evasive speech, noted in Alzheimer disease and other dementias.
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The Plain English Campaign could find fruitful areas for its work in the police service that has eagerly embraced such circumlocution over the recent past.
Many saw it as gobbledygook, runaround, or circumlocution, and they probably were not way off in trying to describe apparent efforts to bring forth the impression that, in the words of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, "Canada is very much engaged in finding a solution" to the stinking garbage dispute.
His native language fell away; its joints snapped, for it had hobbled too long on crutches of circumlocution and euphemism.
Here's the definition from dictionary.com: "language characterized by circumlocution and jargon, usually hard to understand."
In another calculated move of circumlocution and drawn-out technicalities, the LHC and the federal cabinet have derailed the progress hitherto made by the imperiously effectual AMLA 2010 legislation, exposing the country to a myriad of liabilities in the upcoming FATF review.
Whoever wrote this down has a severe case of CIRCUMLOCUTION. Can you work out what nursery rhyme this is?
She does twist and turn quite a bit, her answers prone to caveat and circumlocution -- and 'fluent' is of course a matter of opinion, but a YouTube clip of an interview she gave to the CyBC programme Apo Mera Se Mera shows that her Greek, at least, is quite fluent, barring the occasional stumble; what's more, that interview dates from 2009 so she's had plenty of practice in the decade since, not least because she's married to a Cypriot (they met in Cambridge, where she did her PhD; they have two boys, five and two).
There was circumlocution when it came to the issue of Pakistan joining the Saudi-led military alliance and reference made to the April 10, 2015 parliamentary resolution that caution was to be exercised in joining the alliance, our relations with Iran being of key importance.
Noting that in Haitian Creole there is no term designating the totality of practices that outsiders call "vodou," nor a single word to describe the phenomenon of "possession" (expressed in Haitian by the circumlocution "lwa monte mwen/li," the spirit has mounted me or him/her), Alessandra Benedicty-Kokken undertakes the ambitious adventure of pulling together a religious system, French currents of philosophy and ethnology, and Haitian, literary, and post-colonial Studies.
* The greatest circumlocution since "It depends on what the meaning of the word 'is' is": Hillary Clinton, describing an argument over whether the raid on Osama bin Laden's hideout could be scheduled during the White House Correspondents' Dinner, at which Barack Obama was scheduled to speak: "While I don't remember exactly what I said, some in the media have quoted me using a four-letter word to dismiss the correspondents' dinner.
The attack on Charlie Hebdo must be condemned without circumlocution, and it has given Turkey a good opportunity to question itself.
Unless the Birmingham MPs, whose contribution to date has been pathetic, commit themselves wholeheartedly and make the fight for justice a cause celebre, the campaign will go round in circles like the Circumlocution Office in Dickens' Little Dorrit where no public business of any kind makes progress.