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tangential -- as in: tangential to our discussion
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Gone with the Wind
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  • She couldn’t keep her little mind on one subject any longer than a bird could stay on one twig and even when Scarlett tried to tell her stories, Ella went off at childish tangents, interrupting with questions about matters that had nothing to do with the story and forgetting what she had asked long before Scarlett could get the explanation out of her mouth.

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  • We didn’t learn a lot, but her tangential remarks were entertaining.
  • An outline helps a speaker avoid omissions and tangential excursions.

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