Is there a word similar to verbatim but means "Too many meaningless words used"?
I am looking for a word which describes the statement is meaningless with too many words.
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If he goes off on a tangent , presenting facts unrelated to his point, he is
or, in casual English:
If he simply goes on and on, using more words than necessary, he is:
prolix (adj) or
verbose (adj) or
using **verbiage (n)
windy (or, more old-fashioned, a windbag)
long-winded (adj.—this especially captures both the length and emptiness of a speech)
If he's extremely windy, you could use another weather-related term (for a strong or violent wind):
If it seems as if he just can 't talking—it seems as if he barely pauses for breath, going on as if he never pauses to think what he's saying, and often making no sense, he is "suffering" from a condition called
If he repeats himself, varying the words but not the assertion, as if repetition would prove his point better, he is:
or, more casually:
if he is overly prone to using long words, he is:
if he is overly prone to using obtuse, arcane or archaic words, particularly if he does this to distract you from the main point by making you follow his complicated logic, he is being intentionally
But if he sounds as if he speaks mainly so that he can hear himself say those words, and show off his vocabulary, as if his knowledge of words constitutes knowledge of the subject (or makes up for lack of that knowlege), he is probably an incurable
or worse yet, if he's totally enamored of his own words...
[cf William F, Buckley]
If he goes on and on, beating you down with his rhetoric; with his opinions rather than facts, he is
(overly) oratorical (adj) or
bombastic (adj) or
bloviating (v,adj)... or A bloviator (n)
[cf Rush Limbaugh]
If he goes on and on, as if trying to convince you that he holds the higher moral position, he is
If he goes on, trying to convince you that your opinion is wrong, he is
If he takes too long because he spends time explaining to you things that you already understand, as if you were a simpleton, this is an extended form of
That's just a few off the top of my head. I'll add dictionary references later. Meanwhile, I recommend Merriam-Webster
A little bird tells me the word you might be looking for is verbose
using or expressed in more words than are needed.
"much academic language is obscure and verbose"
It seems to me to fit the requirements.
Edit: The birdy has reminded me to mention Tautology (grammar),
is an unnecessary repetition of meaning, using multiple words to effectively say the same thing
Neither of which necessarily mean the use meaningless words - just unnecessary ones.
To be honest, I would argue no word is truly meaningless. If it has a definition then that is its meaning.
If it is meaningless in the given context then that would, I think, be due to redundancy or superfluousness - in which case I think this answer is appropriate.