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Thursday word: divagate

divagate (DI-vuh-gait) - v., to wander, digress, ramble.


Both in the physical sense of a somewhat aimless walk and the metaphoric sense of straying from the subject. I'm fond of this one, being prone to both kinds of action -- plus is has a nice sound. Adopted in 1599 from Late Latin dīvagātus, past participle of dīvagārī, to wander off, from Latin dis-, apart/in a different direction + vagārī, to wander (which is also the root of vagrant).

Poets talk of maidens' eyes, and divagate endlessly upon them"
—John Crowley, Lord Byron's Novel: The Evening Land

---L.
Tags: d, latin, verb
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