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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