The Closing Word: Maunder

The Closing Word: MaunderThis week we continue our vocabulary-building series, “The Closing Word.” Each week we provide a new word to help build your vocabulary and show you an example of how to use it.

This week’s closing word:


Pronounced: (MON-durr)

1. speak (about unimportant matters) rapidly and incessantly
2. talk indistinctly; usually in a low voice
3. wander aimlessly

From “The difference between a great speech and an interminably boring one is that a good speaker keeps it short (and often funny), but a bad one tends to maunder in a mumbling voice. A novelist who tends to have her characters maunder on endlessly needs a skilled editor. Although maunder sometimes also means “wander aimlessly,” it doesn’t come from the similar meander but probably from a root meaning “to beg.”

“The agent who maunders on in listing presentations, periodically peppering their speech with jargon and acronyms will seldom land the listing.”


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