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Karl Rove

In a word: magniloquent

Each week The Sun's John McIntyre presents a relatively obscure but evocative word with which you may not be familiar, another brick to add to the wall of your vocabulary. This week's word:  MAGNILOQUENT Looking at magniloquent (pronounced mag-NIL-uh-kwent), your impulse will be to associate it with eloquent. Your instinct will be sound, because both words derive from the Latin loquere, “to speak.” But magniloquent is eloquent trying too hard. Like grandiloquent, magniloquent indicates language that is lofty, extravagant, bombastic, or boastful. The Oxford English Dictionary’s first citation, from 1656, is relatively neutral, “that useth a...