Tergiversate: to change sides or loyalties; to be evasive or ambiguous; to equivocate
It’s another one of those last minute round-ups I fear. Not that I’m tergiversating about doing this (much), but I am short of time!
Another really difficult word. It has no euphony. I’ve always disliked it, and to judge from some of the contributions I’m not alone.
RT @yuvsways TERGIVERSATE..tertgiverstate tertiarystate ..I still can’t really figure out how to say this word forget about using it #artwiculate
Of course, there’s always a contrary opinion:
RT @LorcanDesperado @Artwiculate Thanks for tergiversate … most fun of any word yet!
RT @tinanguyen Tergiversate? What the hell? Somebody put that in a haiku.
RT @InVinceWil gauging winds, terrain / the golfers tergiversate / before the best shot #haiku
RT @MinDavidWilson I want to be frank – but in fear of the outcome – I tergiversate. #artwiculate #haikuthrowdown
There were several people who took up @tinanguyen’s challenge, I thought @InVinceWil’s and @MinDavidWilson’s were the best.
Several people had variants on the next tweet, but I thought @amoz1939 put it most well.
RT @amoz1939 In two minds about tergiversate. Lots of doubts about this new word #artwiculate
There were a number of clever, funny malapropisms. I particularly liked this from @marcosarroyos
RT @marcosarroyos Don’t tell me…Tergiversate. Isn’t that the plastic car they made in East Germany?
And @mazpowles had another question:
RT @mazpowles Is it an olympic sport? My boss could tergiversate for Australia!
There were also a few philosphical perspectives on the word. This I thought particularly well observed:
RT @TiddK To err is human, to tergiversate is .. too
Here’s a nice twisted quote:
RT @LStephenCleary It is better tergiversate then to receive
But there were also those who stood up stoutly against the WOTD:
RT @californiakara Why tergiversate? Those who matter don’t mind, and those who mind don’t matter.
RT @JonPowles Tergiversate? Life’s too short. Nail your colours to the mast, stand up for what’s right, FIGHT. Or crawl back under a rock.
Just as the hurt caused by indecision was illustrated in this tweet from
RT @ultracutebot each time you tergiversate ~ i see more of my trust in you dissipate ~ your flimsy excuses do nothing but irritate
(Well, hurt = irritate – perhaps not.)
But uncertainty does not have to mean one is weak-willed; one can really be uncertain. In which case, what to do?
RT @SJHatzi And when I ask whether he loves me, all my intuition does is equivocate. I ask the oracle of daisies, they too tergiversate.
[And it was this tweet in the end that attracted the most votes and won @SJHatzi her latest crown.]
And you might even have a perfectly sensible reason:
RT @eilonwya10 “Do my knickers make my derriere look rotund?” asked his date. A wise man knows when to tergiversate. #artwiculate
RT @MaltaGoddess Of course I tergiversate! How else would you savor quatopygia?
(Well, that one might seems sensible to an Artwiculati, anyway!)
RT @kings_indian Tergiversate Road is always a two way street.
RT @harrarp You’re in a train to hell. When the next stop is Tergiversate and the last stop was as well.
And you can always pun around with some idioms.
RT @baccatum How could you now take her side, tergiversate without saying a word!? You taciturn~coat.
RT @Wifsie RIP: My Lady Tergiversate – She had an unfortunate change of heart. #artwiculate
RT @navinsasikumar How does a meteorologist tergiversate? He clouds the issue
I liked the following twisted definition and not-quite film title.
RT @catmar604 Alien tergiversate : evasion of the body snatchers
And finally, just think about this:
RT @kado56 What do you get if you cross a bee with a donkey ? A tergiversate – ’cause he hums and he haws.
That’s my round-up. A bit breathless, but done in time to give a few people an extra point of two – maybe!
Handing off to @TheSupercargo now!
Revisited and revised for polish, spelling and SEO fine-tuning and addition of new featured image, 22 March 2017.