1

Is there a word or phrase to describe a person, or at least the quality of a person, who tends to leave out important details when communicating? For example someone said "The store Costco is dangerous". Initially I thought he meant their have been a lot of violent crimes around Costco, but latter I found out he was trying to say Costco is so cheap you end up spending a lot of money on things you don't really need.

I would like to use the word in the sentence "Person x is very _____ " or "Person x is very _____ in his communication style".

I was thinking of the word "unclear" but often times a person is unclear for the exact opposite reason, because they add too much information.

4
  • Unreliable narrator? – Rand al'Thor Nov 15 '15 at 1:32
  • @randal'thor that's more of a literary term, not one you'd describe any actual person with . – Celeritas Nov 15 '15 at 1:42
  • @Celeritas laconic; terse; frugal with their words; evasive? – Elian Nov 15 '15 at 2:57
  • "Politician" comes to mind. – Hot Licks Feb 26 '16 at 21:21
5

The phrase [being] economical with the truth can have this meaning:

avoiding ​stating the ​true ​facts about a ​situation, or ​lying about it

{Cambridge Dictionaries online}

But dissimulation is a better fit

dissimulation (misleading by withholding pertinent information) {Wikipedia}

I'd avoid the agent noun (dissimulator), which has other connotations (at least) to do with one's beliefs etc, and sounds almost outlandish in any case.

Another term is elliptical:

elliptic or elliptical adj.

  1. a. Of or relating to extreme economy of oral or written expression.

b. Marked by deliberate obscurity of style or expression.

{AHDEL} and

  1. (Literary & Literary Critical Terms) (of speech, literary style, etc) a. very condensed or concise, often so as to be obscure or ambiguous

{Collins; same link}

2
  • 1
    Economical with truth, I like that phrase. – Celeritas Nov 15 '15 at 1:57
  • This is very helpful :) – Abs Nov 15 '15 at 4:29
2

"Conservative with giving details"

1

You could consider using "double-speak" as in "Paxon always uses doublespeak" and it means:

language that is intended to make people believe something which is not true, or that can be understood in two different ways

or

deliberately euphemistic, ambiguous, or obscure language:

[Oxford Online Dictionary]

"Doubletalk" is a synonym which means:

inflated, involved, and often deliberately ambiguous language.

[Merriam-Webster]

0

"The person is ______________ in his communicative style."

  • black-or-white
  • simplistic
  • simple-minded
  • not very nuanced

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.