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Echoes and Mirrors» Blog Archive » Copy vs. Verbiage: the name of my new band? Maybe.

Copy vs. Verbiage: the name of my new band? Maybe.

Bad things might happen the next time my boss asks me to ‘fix the verbiage on the pamphlet holders’ again. I keep replying, “yes, I will fix the copy.” Apparently, this is not working. I was asked to remove a single, inoffensive ‘some,’ resulting in it looking exactly the same. They wanted less ‘verbiage’ on the label. There is an obvious solution that they’ve already turned down: remove the obscene excess of directions. I digress.

Copy
Main Entry: 1copy
Pronunciation: \ˈkä-pē\
Function: noun
Inflected Form(s): plural cop·ies
Etymology: Middle English copie, from Anglo-French, from Medieval Latin copia, from Latin, abundance — more at copious
Date: 14th century

1: an imitation, transcript, or reproduction of an original work (as a
letter, a painting, a table, or a dress)
2: one of a series of especially mechanical reproductions of an original impression; also : an individual example of such a reproduction
3 archaic : something to be imitated : model
4 a: matter to be set especially for printing b: something considered printable or newsworthy —used without an article c: text especially of an advertisement
5: duplicate 1a

Verbiage
Main Entry: ver·biage
Pronunciation: \ˈvər-bē-ij also -bij\
Function: noun
Etymology: French, from Middle French verbier to chatter, alteration of Old French verboier, verbloier, from Old French (Picard dialect) werbler to trill — more at warble
Date: circa 1721

1: a profusion of words usually of little or obscure content
2: manner of expressing oneself in words : diction

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