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  • n. The condition of being pithy

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The quality or state of being pithy.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The character of being pithy; strength; concentrated force: as, the pithiness of a reply.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. terseness and economy in writing and speaking achieved by expressing a great deal in just a few words


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  • It appeared that Opera PR had successfully reached out to all of them, shoved a news release down their throats and waited to give them the go-ahead to regurgitate it on their blogs, using the same screenshots, same content, and differing only in the pithiness of their post titles.

    Thoughts on Opera Unite | FactoryCity

  • A bit more pithiness and a touch of emotional outrage could help you, I think, but I never got the impression that you were too abstract or unconnected to the particularities of policy scenarios.

    Matthew Yglesias » Critique of Pure Yglesias

  • February 17th, 2010 at 10: 30 pm matt, short enough to fit in a tweet: that packer thinks twitter is unhelpful does not mean he is a luddite. just that he is neither so sure of his pithiness nor so self-indulgent enough to think a half thought worth posting. luckily, i am not so self-constrained. joejoejoe says:

    Matthew Yglesias » Packer on Journalism

  • Otherwise the pithiness has the potential to be dangerously misleading.

    The Proactionary Principle, Bryan Caplan | EconLog | Library of Economics and Liberty

  •  Verbosity trumps pithiness, for verbosity hits you in the face while pithiness meanders through the brain searching for a destination.

    From the Reader's Ingest, Mouth Theory

  • DML's extremely pleasant third album is an unexpected curio – a psychedelic record with great affection for the Byrds and the Beatles, but played with the discipline and pithiness of former punks.

    Darker My Love: Alive As You Are

  • It's caught on for obvious reasons -- a pithiness that so accurately describes what we've all sensed about the two industries.

    Who says Washington is "Hollywood for ugly people"?: We trace a cliche back to its origins

  • As a final flourish, Cameron previewed a soundbite that has the pithiness and truth of a campaign slogan.

    An atrocious performance from Brown

  • Students will acquire the tools needed to make their tweets glimmer with a complete lack of forethought, their Facebook updates ring with self-importance, and their blog entries shimmer with literary pithiness.

    April « 2009 « BuzzMachine

  • The pithiness, click of rhyme and smoothly insistent rhythm show why Wendy Cope is, as the cover has it, "one of Britain's best-loved poets".

    Archive 2009-01-01


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