Word Of The Year 2011 Tergiversate

November 30, 2011 by staff 

Word Of The Year 2011 Tergiversate, A panel of editors, lexicographers and others at have chosen the Word of the Year for 2011. The word is…
Pronounced “ter-JIV-er-sate”, it means “to change repeatedly one’s attitude or opinions with respect to a cause, subject, etc.; equivocate.”

So we could say that, in 2011, the stock market tergiversated; or that the public tergiversated about Occupy Wall Street.

“We’re taking a stand on this choice,” Jay Schwartz,’s Head of Content told The Huffington Post. “We think that it’s immensely rewarding to find existing words that capture a precise experience, and this year, tumult has been the norm rather than the exception. There are contested public spaces around the world, where people are demonstrating in one direction or another. Opinions and circumstances have been oscillating so much.

“This word encompasses an sense of ‘flip flopping’ but it also implies a number of other complicating forces. Unlike ‘flip flop’, ‘tergiversate’ suggests a lack of intentionality – it’s a change in state more out of necessity, as new events happen at great speed, whether in the economy, politics or attitudes.”

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