Pontificate or Prolix?

I am helping with the technology at a conference. So I am posting on my blog on Thursday evening instead of on Friday. There will probably be one or two prolix lecturers who will pontificate profusely. Whew! That’s a lot of onomatopoeia if you ask me . . !

So what is a prolix lecturer, you ask. Prolix (proh-liks) is an adjective that means long winded and drawn out. Tediously prolonged or tending to speak or write at great length.

Some conference presenters are tornados – ripping ideas off their foundations, hurling them high through the air. Faster, faster. Crashing them to the ground where they lay in splintered, helpless, useless bits and pieces. Poor ideas! Attendees leave that type of session not knowing exactly what hit them.

Some presenters are thunderstorms — ideas rain in a deluge and downpour. Bolts of new ideas light the skies of imagination. Energy gathers in great gusts that propel attendees through the rest of the conference and back to work with an eagerness to start using what they have learned.

Some presenters are like the dry desert dust devils that desiccates* everyone’s will for learning. These are the prolix presenters. Prolix = B-O-R-I-N-G! Listeners shrivel up into a wrinkled, wizened, dehydrated patches of scaly skin that crumbles and disintegrates to the touch.

Pontificate (pon-tif-i-keyt) is a verb that means to assert your opinions in an arrogant manner. To be very opinionated and express those opinions in a very pompous, puffed up, proud manner. A college teacher can pontificate in class. Senior citizens like to pontificate about the good ol’ days and about what is wrong with the younger generation! Politicians like to pontificate – much to the dismay of the listening public! And of course, conference presenters pontificate at times. When they are prolix while they pontificate, they are pompous, arrogant, boring, long winded speakers.

Lucky for me, none of today’s presenters were like this!

*To thoroughly dry.

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2 Responses to “Pontificate or Prolix?”

  1. paulie11 Says:

    Ah! A gleefully gamboling linguistic blog.

  2. wordsmithie Says:

    And you? Perchance do you enjoy words?


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