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Logorrhoea (US logorrhea) (Greek λογορροια, logorrhoia, "word-flux") is defined as an "excessive flow of words" and, when used medically, refers to incoherent talkativeness that occurs in certain kinds of mental illness, such as mania.

The word logorrhea is often used pejoratively to describe prose that is hightly abstract and contains little concrete language. Since abstract writing is hard to visualize, it often seems as though it makes no sense and all the words are excessive. Writers in academic fields that concern themselves mostly with the abstract, like Philosophy and especially Postmodernism, often fail to include extensive concrete examples of their ideas, and so a brief skim of their works might lead one to believe that it is all nonsense.

The widespread expectation that scholarly works in these fields will look at first glance like nonsense is the source of humor that pokes fun at these fields by comparing actual nonsense with real academic writing. Several computer programs have been made that can generate essays and the like that resemble the styles of these fields but are actually nonsense. A physics professor even had such an essay published in a respected journal as a practical joke. See Sokal Affair.

Logorrhea can also be used as a form of euphemism, to disguise unpleasant facts and ideas.

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Examples of logorrhoea

In his essay "Politics and the English Language" (1946), the English writer George Orwell wrote about logorrhoea in politics. He took the following verse from the book of Ecclesiastes in the Bible:

I returned and saw under the sun, that the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, neither yet bread to the wise, nor yet riches to men of understanding, nor yet favour to men of skill; but time and chance happeneth to them all.

He rewrote it like this:

--> Objective considerations of contemporary phenomena compel the conclusion that success or failure in competitive activities exhibits no tendency to be commensurate with innate capacity, but that a considerable element of the unpredictable must invariably be taken into account.

Further examples are very easy to create:

Doctors say that the best way to lose weight is to eat less.

--> The medical community indicates that downsizing average nutritional intake over an extended time-period is optimally efficacious in terms of maximally impactive proactive weight-reduction strategies.

He is the sort of person who will call a spade a spade.

--> He is the sort of person who will call a spade a pedally operated humus-redistribution device.

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