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Old 12-04-2011, 02:42 PM   #1
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2011 Word of the Year

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A panel of editors, lexicographers and others at Dictionary.com have chosen the Word of the Year for 2011. The word is...

Tergiversate

Pronounced "ter-JIV-er-sate", it means “to change repeatedly one's attitude or opinions with respect to a cause, subject, etc.; equivocate.”
Word Of The Year 2011 According To Dictionary.com Is 'Tergiversate'
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By it's very nature that word belongs in the political forum
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Rhymes with "regurgitate"...
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I'm tersgiversating about turducken.
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By it's very nature that word belongs in the political forum
That wasn't my intent, I hope the Mods will delete or move this thread if so. Just thought it was interesting, no matter what word they might have chosen...
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That word does not exactly roll off the tongue. I think I'd stutter trying to use it.

I get the feeling that if I used such a word in polite conversation people would think I'm trying to act too smart. My wife reads a lot and comes up with unusual conversational words every once in awhile. I just gape at her and ask her to define the word. She's not the one-up-on-you type, it just happens naturally. But maybe she's secretly delighted to show off a bit of intelligence.

Have others noticed how a certain level of vocabulary can get you in trouble?
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We needed another word for flip-flopper?
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That wasn't my intent, I hope the Mods will delete or move this thread if so. Just thought it was interesting, no matter what word they might have chosen...
I don't think there's any problem. Some of the comments are funny

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We needed another word for flip-flopper?
I propose "thonger" as a substitute.

Reasoning:
flip-flops = thongs (sandals you wear on your feet, not to be confused with thong underwear)

so that means flip-flopper = thonger

Usage: That guy is a real thonger.
Were to use: Probably best used in a bar.
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I propose "thonger" as a substitute.

Reasoning:
flip-flops = thongs (sandals you wear on your feet, not to be confused with thong underwear)

so that means flip-flopper = thonger

Usage: That guy is a real thonger.
Where to use: Probably best used in a bar.
Would this make one a "thong and danth" man?
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A similar word that means something completely different: Turgiversate
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A similar word that means something completely different: Turgiversate
Look that up in your Funk and Wagnall's...
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A similar word that means something completely different: Turgiversate
To tersgiversate about turducken
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