One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Excessive briefness in speech or writing.
conciseness, concision, succinctness, economy of language, compendiousness, shortness, briefness, pithiness, pith, incisiveness, crispness, compactness, compressionView synonyms
- ‘Herder is again using brachylogy here: "there must awaken" is really short for "the more there must awaken".’
- ‘Another difficulty for a reader lies in his use of brachylogy.’
- ‘A subject that is a part of an idiom may also be omitted by brachylogy.’
- ‘The persistent use of brachylogy, especially in the omission of principal verbs, justifies Photius' label 'aphoristic'.’
- ‘The prevailing principle of the composition seems to have been the employment of the fewest words, thus rendering the work a constant brachylogy.’
Mid 16th century: from late Latin brachylogia, from Greek brakhulogia (see brachy-, -logy).
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