Wednesday, March 2, 2022

Tergiversation – Wordplay Wednesday™ 03/02/2022

Are You Running on Empty? 

Finding your footing in a New Year isn’t always easy. By the third month of the year, however, we kinda need to figure it’s a now or never moment. Pick a path ... going anywhere is better than going nowhere, right?

Taking that first bold step of the year keeps a commitment to yourself, and ensures you won’t commit a personal act of ...

TERGIVERSATION (,tɘr-,ji-vɘrʹsā-shɘn) n. – 1) evasion of straightforward action or clear-cut statement : equivocation; 2) desertion of a cause, position, party, or faith. [WW-M #315]

These days, the world revolves around tergiversation. In fact, thinking of pandemics and politics, I’d say our world leaders are frustratingly and irrevocably afflicted with this type of behavior.

In addition to politics, there are many fiction and nonfiction scenarios to which tergiversation can apply. Even using it in humor works! Have fun making fun (in your fictional accounts, of course) of people who insist on using lengthy words in casual conversation, “My cousin and I have always called words with ten-plus letters like tergiversation, ‘them ten-dollar words’.” It reminds us that you may come from humble beginnings but increasing your vocabulary can elevate not only your education, but your self esteem and peer respect.

I even managed to refer to tergiversation in a musical context! Give some thought to ...

March’s Monthly Song of Note :
What better evasion tactic than to “Run, Run, Run” (Jo Jo Gunne); a classic 1960s-‘70s song about effects of drug use, evasiveness, and personal desertion, closely associated with tergiversation. Certainly not a happy tune, but obviously one of meaning to many musical artists who have covered it, including Jo Jo Gunne. Take a drag or two | Run, run, run, run, run ... Just entering the WCFL/Chicago chart at #39 ... 50 Years Ago this Month!

Word Challenge: TERGIVERSATION. Long, evasive words are a challenge to use. Be creative and open your mind to the possibilities, as you fit tergiversation into your categorical month of literary writings and casual conversations.

Write first for yourself … only then can you write for others. (L.Rochelle) 

Cheers to learning a new word today!

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[LinDee Rochelle is a writer and editor by trade, and an author by way of Rock & Roll. She has published two books in her Blast from Your Past series (of three) about pioneering R&R Radio DJs. True behind-the-mic tales make GREAT Holiday and anytime Gifts available on Amazon (eBook and print): Book 1Rock & Roll Radio DJs: The First Five Years 1954-1959; and Book 2Rock & Roll Radio DJs: The Swinging Sixties. Coming soon … The Psychedelic Seventies!]

LR Notes: 1) Dictionary definitions are quoted from Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary – Eleventh Edition, unless otherwise noted. Yes, we sometimes present them out of “official” context—but that’s half the fun! Think of it as “creative context.” 2) a] Recent dictionary additions to definitions include a date of first use, if known; b] words in small caps indicate “see also.” 3) Neither I (LinDee Rochelle) nor Penchant for Penning are responsible for how you use information found here, that may result in legal action.
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