Circumlocution

is a phrase that circles around a specific idea with multiple words rather than directly evoking it with fewer and apter words.

The ability to understand these phrases is valuable in your career. For example, when meeting with customers they may not be well-versed in your field. They’ll use phrases for things they don’t know the words for. Deciphering that is a human skill. Currently, artificial intelligence can’t do that sort of work.

There are a lot of things that go into understanding what people are saying when using circumlocution, personality, shared experience, age, past experience with others communicating similarly. There is a wealth of data we’re drawing on without even being actively aware.

Develop skills needed to understand what others are trying to communicate and that will take you far in life.