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I am looking for a single word response for someone who always knows the right things to say in any situation. For example:

Taylor got us out of trouble with the police. What a ___.

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    Smooth operator? Apr 2, 2016 at 22:18
  • What a persuader. (If you're looking for a more classical take. Someone who presents a persuasive argument.) Not a cliché either. :)
    – Lambie
    Apr 2, 2016 at 22:32

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I can think of three somewhat positive nouns:

  • Smooth Talker (or Smooth Operator)
  • Schmoozer
  • Charmer

If it is to be negative one could use:

  • Snake
  • Deceiver
  • Liar
  • Wolf
  • Cajoler
  • Coaxer

Possible adjectives could be:

  • Resourceful
  • Astute
  • Quick-witted
  • Charismatic
  • Charming
  • Intuitive
  • Crafty
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diplomat (noun):

Defn. 1.1 - A person who can deal with others in a sensitive and tactful way.

"You need to be an organiser, negotiator, diplomat and entertainer, ready to deal with anything and everything."

Source: ODO

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Wordsmith:

Taylor got us out of trouble with the police. What a wordsmith.

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    wordsmith suggests working on or writing a text. Not speech directed at a cop.
    – Lambie
    Apr 2, 2016 at 22:44
  • A definition would be helpful here. Perhaps the American Heritage dictionary or the Oxford dictionary.
    – zondo
    Apr 2, 2016 at 22:45
  • @Lambie The cop example was just an example - I was answering the question more generally. Oxford seems to infer any skilled usage of words, so perhaps there's an American/British difference in meaning here? Apr 2, 2016 at 22:52
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    Sigh, there is no difference of that kind. I guess you mean Oxford seems to imply.....not infer. :) No worries. For me, to stop the cops you have to be a persuasive speaker. What the dictionary does not tell you perhaps is that wordsmith is not usually associated with speakers....If you are smithing your words, you ain't churning them out. It's laborious work to be a wordsmith.
    – Lambie
    Apr 2, 2016 at 22:56
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    What a fast talker [colloquial].
    – Lambie
    Apr 2, 2016 at 22:56
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Consider, silver-tongued devil

Silver tongue is an expression used to describe a person who has a clever way with words.

Wikipedia

silver-tongued

adj. Having or exhibiting the power of fluent and persuasive speech; eloquent.

American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language

Taylor got us out of trouble with the police. What a silver-tongued devil!

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  • Eloquent
  • Persuasive
  • Loquacious

I think any of those words would work. Not so much loquacious because it describes someone who talks a lot in general.

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