Origins – Words, words, words!

Latin verbum is word. A verb is the important word in a sentence; verbatim is word-for-word (a verbatim report).
Verbal, ending in the adjectival suffix -al, may refer either to a verb, or to words in general (a verbal fight); or it may mean, loosely, oral, or spoken, rather than written (verbal agreement or contract); or, describing people (‘she is quite verbal’), it may refer to a ready ability to put feelings or thoughts into words.
Verbiage has two meaning; an excess of words (‘Such verbiage!’); or a style or manner of using words (medical verbiage, military verbiage).
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