Consider the following sentence.

I am a verbose person.

What would be a good substitution for the adjective if one'd like to express the same thought using a noun?

I am a person who likes xxx.

I'm thinking verbosity but it might be verbality, verbing or something like verboseness etc. Can't decide which is the best or if any suffice at all.

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    Have you tried looking in a dictionary? – BillJ Oct 22 '16 at 11:35
  • @BillJ Is there a dictionary for adjective-to-noun correspondence? I usually look up synonyms and antonyms. But this particular conversion (and others of the kind, of course), I'm not aware of any tools for. Care to provide a link so I can use it for future references? – Konrad Viltersten Oct 22 '16 at 11:40
  • @Mari-LouA As you say, verbosity was the first thing on my mind. For some reason (that I can't explain, it's just a hunch) I got uncertain of its appropriateness. Maybe just worrying too much... – Konrad Viltersten Oct 22 '16 at 11:42
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    Most dictionaries give derivatives link – BillJ Oct 22 '16 at 11:43
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    I'd use 'verbosity', but apparently 'verboseness' is an alternative. I can't recall ever hearing or seeing the latter alternant used, and it only registers a flicker on Google NGram: link – BillJ Oct 22 '16 at 11:53

The noun corresponding to verbose is verbosity.

However, in my opinion, it does not fit well for your particular example because "I'm a person who likes verbosity"

a) sounds weird (at least to my ear)
b) can be understood as 'I like when someone else is verbose'.

So, for your example, "I'm a person who likes blathering a lot" would be a better substitution :)

  • Nice answer. I wonder if there's something instead of or in addition to your suggested alternative that better matches the formality or height of the terms verbose, verbosity. – Jim Reynolds Oct 22 '16 at 12:22
  • @JimReynolds. Let's wait and see if someone comes up with something clever. Another idea just occurred to me: considering that verbosity is usually seen as a negative quality, a phrase "I'm a person prone to verbosity" seems appropriate. Google gives a few occurrences of such an expression. – tum_ Oct 22 '16 at 12:52
  • There's also verboseness, as listed by Merriam-Webster. – Alan Carmack Oct 22 '16 at 13:10
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    There's the wonderful word "prolixity" (which I so rarely get the chance to use in a sentence); however it is more negative than "verbosity". If you want some fun, you can use the picturesque "logorrhea", which also gives you the chance to explain what it means. More pompous: "grandiloquence", more talky: "loquacious", more indirect: "circumlocution" or "periphrasis" or "discursiveness". Lots of options. – Andrew Oct 22 '16 at 14:17

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