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    To be full of words

    If one says: ' He is very full of words and explanations', does that mean 'he is full of himself', or also something like in 'A fool also is full of words, a passionate fool especially, that runs on endlessly and never knows when to leave off.'
    Can the expression 'to be full of words' not be contemptuous towards somebody.
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    Re: To be full of words

    Hello Nas,

    1. Mr X is very full of words and explanations.

    I would say that the speaker here does not have a high opinion of Mr X's words and explanations, in terms of substance; but we can't say for certain that he thinks Mr X is a fool. For example, Mr X might be deliberately and cunningly wordy, for purposes of obfuscation.

    Thus the disparagement is directed towards the words and explanations, but not necessarily towards Mr X.

    Best wishes,


    Not a professional ESL teacher.

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