July 31, 2014
- glib (adjective)
- What does it mean?
- : speaking or spoken with careless ease and often with little regard for truth
- How do you use it?
- "It was a maxim with Mr. Brass that the habit of paying compliments kept a man's tongue oiled without any expense; and, . . . in the case of a practitioner of the law, in whom it should be always glib and easy, he lost few opportunities of improving himself by the utterance of handsome speeches and eulogistic expressions." (Charles Dickens, _The Old Curiosity Shop_)
- Are you a word wiz?
See if you have the hang of how to use today's Buzzword, "glib." In which of the following sentences is "glib" used correctly?The truth is that answer B is correct. In sentence A, Maureen has been moping around, indicating she isn't "glib," but "glum," meaning "gloomily or resentfully silent." The campsite reservation system in sentence C couldn't have had a "glib" because "glib" isn't a thing. Instead, it had a "glitch," meaning "an unexpected usually minor problem." In sentence D, Grace tries to gather the moral little by little, which means she was trying to "glean" it, not "glib" it. That leaves sentence C and Josh's sister's desire for better responses because he was "glib" and spoke carelessly with little regard for the truth.