0 The 2011 Word of the Year is...

Dictionary.com has announced the 2011 Word of the Year:

Pronunciation: tur-JI-ver-seyt  
Part of speech: verb  
Etymology: Latin tergiversātus (past participle of tergiversārī to turn one's back), equivalent to tergi- (combining form of tergum back) + versātus, past participle of versāre, frequentative of vertere to turn  
Date: 1645–55  
Meaning: to change repeatedly one's attitude or opinions with respect to a cause, subject, etc.; equivocate.
Dictionary.com logo, Word of the Year"We're taking a stand on this choice," said Jay Schwartz, Dictionary.com's Head of Content. "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."

Like many, I'm unfamiliar with the word "tergiversate," and thus I find it an interesting choice. With so many options, I imagine it would be difficult to come to a consensus on just one word. In fact, I wonder how many times the lexicographers tergiversated their final selection prior to announcing the official winner.

(via The Huffington Post)

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