verbal

Yesterday’s posting dealt with Spanish verbo and English verb. The corresponding adjective in both languages is verbal, though the stress falls on the first syllable in English but on the second in Spanish. English in recent years has taken to using the vivid phrase verbal diarrhea to describe the affliction of a person who just can’t stop talking. Spanish, showing more verve than English this time, has combined the two words into the concise verborrea.

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3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Jayne Cotten
    Oct 27, 2010 @ 14:51:00

    My first laughing out loud experience for the day! I’m SO going to use the Spanish version!

    Thanks!

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  2. wordconnections
    Oct 27, 2010 @ 17:18:03

    You may not be alone. Although I haven’t found any standard English dictionary that includes the word verborr(h)ea, the online Urban Dictionary does have an entry for verborrea. I don’t know if that was carried over from Spanish or was someone’s independent creation in English.

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