…though that is not, strictly speaking, the subject of this post. I discovered a wonderful synonym for the word: tergiversate! (tuh-JIV-uh-sate or TUH-jiv-uh-sate) Not only is it fun to say, it has the most deliciously wicked meaning:
- to change sides or loyalties — become apostate
- to be evasive or ambiguous — to equivocate
Its Latin roots mean to turn back, but to me it calls to mind someone playing both sides against the middle, which seems more sinister than being either a double agent or someone who flip-flops.
Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to use some form of this word in a written piece that does not exceed 300 words. Go!
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