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In Czech we use the verb "vykládat" when someone "talks about something for a longer time with passion / in detail" or vyprávět for "telling a story with passion". "Bloviate" seems to have a similar but negative meaning. Are there some English alternatives for these words / verbs with similar meaning?

  • The word bloviate has very little currency, so I'd avoid it in favour of more familiar alternatives such as speechify, pontificate, hold forth [at length],... – FumbleFingers Reinstate Monica Oct 12 at 12:57
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The word “expound” would be appropriate for conveying the idea that someone is speaking in great detail:

expound

present and explain (a theory or idea) in detail.

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  • Thanks - is it synonymous with "dive into a topic"? Like, could I say "Odom continued to dive in depth on his experience as a Black actor" instead of "Odom continued to expound on his experience as a Black actor" (example source) – Probably Oct 12 at 11:42
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    Yes it could be used that way; it sounds a lot better actually, “dive in depth on” doesn’t sound too natural to me. – Chris Mack Oct 12 at 11:53
  • Expatiate would also work although rarer than expound. – mdewey Oct 12 at 12:27

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