Monday, June 08, 2009

Quite a mouthful.

This is not about anything rude, though perhaps you weren't thinking it was.. it's just me projecting.

Today's word o' the day is, tergiversation, which is what I was referring to when I was talking about a mouthful. Don't you think it's a mouthful? I do. I already said that.

The meaning is "evasion; also, desertion of a cause, party, etc." That clears it up. Wait..

1. The act of practicing evasion or of being deliberately ambiguous.
2. The act of abandoning a party or cause.
ah.. I see.
Like most writers, I have always championed thrift . . . . Not long ago, however, I experienced an extraordinary tergiversation. Now I'm an ally of excess, a proponent of redundancy.
-- Michael Norman, "When an Author's Words Are Sold by the Pound", New York Times, September 15, 1991