I remember reading or hearing once that there was a word, I think of Greek etymological roots, that meant "having exactly the right word for an occasion."

It's rather frustrating that I can't remember this particular word, so I'm hoping someone else out there knows it!

  • The Greeks had a word for it ...
    – bib
    Commented Jan 20, 2016 at 0:00
  • So the word must be 'being Greek'?
    – Grizzly
    Commented Jan 20, 2016 at 0:39

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apropos as defined here

very appropriate to a particular situation.

"the word 'conglomerate' was decidedly apropos"

From Online Etymology Dictionary

1660s, "opportunely," from French à propos "to the purpose," from propos "thing said in conversation, talk; purpose, plan," from Latin propositium "purpose," past participle of proponere "to set forth, propose" (see propound). Meaning "as regards" is 1761, from French. As an adjective, "to the point or purpose," from 1690s

Not Greek, but apropos nonetheless.

  • Although I am with you, this definitely works, I don't think it's the one I'm remembering. This was something more esoteric, that was with regard particularly to using the correct word, not just being well-suited generally :/
    – Elizabeth
    Commented Jan 20, 2016 at 16:43
  • @Elizabeth Maddening, isn't it? And when it comes to you it will be sooo obvious!
    – ab2
    Commented Jan 20, 2016 at 17:39
  • omg, SO maddening!
    – Elizabeth
    Commented Jan 20, 2016 at 19:03

le mot juste, meaning "the right word", is a nice loan phrase from French which has slipped into English via the French Novelist Flaubert. It means the perfect word for a situation.

Plural would be les mots justes.

It even made its way into Urban Dictionary, here: http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=le+mot+juste


Consider, apposite

Being of striking appropriateness and pertinence WordNet by Farlex

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