Ter·gi·ver·sate [tur-ji-ver-seyt]

–verb (used without object), -sat·ed, -sat·ing.
1. to change repeatedly one’s attitude or opinions with respect to a cause, subject, etc.; equivocate.
2. to turn renegade.

It is not often one comes across interesting and unusual words in daily converstaion. But a friend of mine at The Bollo used ‘tergiversate’ in conversation recently. I hadn’t a clue what he was talking about. He defined it and I provide the dictionary.com definition in case you should wish to shoehorn it into your conversation as well.

Interesting word… Is David Cameron a tergiversator?  Do you know any tergiversators?

2 thoughts on “Tergiversate…

  1. As a L1, I am constantly reading that an impressive vocabulary is key to writing good essays and the rest…I think otherwise although not yet ready to dispel the virtues. And so I have been attempting to expand and I thank you for this entry. Keep em coming!! And oh yes, I know of a few tergiversators, the politicians in my island, well I suppose most if not all are trained to tergiversate now, aren’t they.

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