Difficult Words :

Tangential and Taciturn

Difficult Words : Tangential and Taciturn

Taciturn (TAS I TURN) adj: not talkative by nature

The chairman was so taciturn that we often discovered that we had absolutely no idea about what he was thinking.

The taciturn physicist was sometimes thought to be brilliant simply because no one had ever heard him say anything stupid. Everyone misconstrued his taciturnity. He was actually quite stupid.

Taciturn is related to tacit.

Tangential (tan JEN schul) adj: only superficially related to the mater at hand, not especially relevant, peripheral

The mayor's speech bore only a tangential relationship to the topic that had been announced.

Stuart's connection with our organization is tangential. He once made few phone calls from the lobby and our building, but he never worked here.

When a speaker goes off on a tangent, he or she is making a digression or straying from the original topic.

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