How I came to love the word perspicacious

December 13, 2009


One day, Chris Gargan and I were talking. He called  me perspicacious. People respect and admire him and hang on his every word at times. You might remember Chris from a couple of my other posts as a big influence on my life. He also influenced my vocabulary. (Chris and my career; Chris names my rabbit.)

I like to think that I’m good at reading people and situations and picking up on subtleties that other people miss. Maybe that’s why I don’t like talking on the telephone all that much, because I can’t see the body language. 

Granted, a lot of the time you don’t need to be hit on the head to sense the vibe. That often happens in relationships. Particularly the ends of relationships. But sometimes the other person might need help saying something. If you know what they want to say, you can help them get there. I assisted one boyfriend that way in breaking up with me. You don’t want to stay on a sinking ship, but by god I was going to make him be the one to say it. It wasn’t the most exciting relationship I had ever been in, however, I would have been okay with going on, but once I sensed that he had left mentally, well, what’s the point if the other person’s not into it?

I read between between the lines. Unfortunately, this can also lead to a certain amount of paranoia, even on a good day.

It was quite a lot of fun figuring out how to illustrate perspicacious for Tweak Today.


perspicacious  [pur-spi-key-shuhs]  –adjective

having keen mental perception and understanding; discerning: to exhibit perspicacious judgment.

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