Twitter and the Rebirth of the Aphorism

The aphoristic style of writing — which involves terse observations, opinions, and statements of wisdom — has existed for millennia. The ancient Greek physician Hippocrates coined the term in his aptly named work Aphorisms; the word is derived from ancient Greek and denotes ‘delimitation’, ‘definition’, and ‘distinction’. An aphorism refers to any pithy statement that expresses a general truth. These sorts of statements are punchy, philosophical, and memorable.

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Originally published at on February 1, 2021.