I always thought that a comment would be, in comparison to other kind of response, such as an answer, something brief. However, it doesn't seems like Wiktionary says anything about it. Am I mistaken?

  • BTW, it sounds odd to describe the brevity of a comment to be "induced," unless you mean someone was persuaded or influenced into shortening it. You may be looking for the word implied.
    – Robusto
    Dec 2, 2010 at 11:57
  • Good point! On a side note, the difference between induce and imply may be a good theme for a question...
    – Eldroß
    Dec 2, 2010 at 12:01

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The nature of a comment, when the meaning as "a remark expressing anopinion or reaction," is to be brief. That's why Stackexchange sites, for example, allow you a mere 600 characters to write one.

A commentary can be longer, even the length of a bible. Comment can carry the meaning of commentary, but that is an archaic usage.

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