Is there a word for someone who is incapable of getting their point across clearly or understanding other people.

I can only think of longer phrases.


Don't worry about Geoff's manner. He's not a people-person.

But I'm sure there's a more succinct term.

  • Oh, and I'd like to preempt whoever was about to say "Computer Programmer" or suchlike. :-) – Urbycoz Dec 19 '13 at 12:07

Does 'inarticulate' work in your context?

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    You'll get flagged for answering a question with a question ('Inarticulate' might be a word you find appropriate) (but note that RegDwight had already mentioned 'not articulate'). – Edwin Ashworth Dec 19 '13 at 17:48

Not well-spoken brings the point across without being too offensive. You can euphemize even further and use not too eloquent. Conversely, on the other side of the spectrum, there's not articulate.

If you need a noun, that of course would be not an orator.


You could describe the person as being introverted or an introvert in addition to them being shy or socially timid.

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    Introverts, shy and socially timid people are not necessarily bad communicators. They just don't like to do it. – Urbycoz Dec 19 '13 at 12:19

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