We’re learning another new word with the Latin root CIDERE – the word “CONCISE.”
Now – the word CONCISE is a relative of the word PREcise because it has the same root – CIDERE, which means “to cut.” And the prefix CON- means “together” or “together with.”
So, does the word mean “TO CUT TOGETHER?” Well, let’s try to dig at the origin of the word, just like we did with the word Precise in the previous video. Like PREcise, the word CONcise is an adjective and really means “saying a lot in few words.” Or it means “brief but filled with meaning.”
So what does that have to do with “cutting together?” Well, let me show you the connection.
I want you to imagine a stack of wood. It has to be cut and trimmed nicely in order to stack it tightly. In other words, if you cut the wood, you can stack more of it in a smaller space. In effect, this wood is CUT TOGETHER; it fits together nicely and tightly because it’s cut.
So, when something is CONCISE, it fits a lot of it together without taking up too much space. That’s why it’s concise – it is well cut together.
To be concise means to be able to tell a story or explain something very well – but briefly. It’s being brief but comprehensive.
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