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Posted by on Dec. 31, 2014 at 12:41 PM
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December 31, 2014

Word of the Day

  • vertiginous
  • audio pronunciation
  • \ver-TIJ-uh-nus\


  • DEFINITION

adjective

1 a : characterized by or suffering from vertigo or dizziness
  b : inclined to frequent and often pointless change : inconstant

2 : causing or tending to cause dizziness
3 : marked by turning

  • EXAMPLES

As a window washer for some of the city's tallest skyscrapers, Victor had to quickly master working at vertiginous heights.

"The cheapest seat in the house—a perch in the vertiginous reaches of the upper balcony—would set me back $59." — Deanna Isaacs, Chicago Reader, December 3, 2014


  • DID YOU KNOW?

Physicians began calling a patient's disordered state in which surroundings seem to whirl dizzily vertigo in the 15th century. Vertiginous, from the Latin vertiginosus, is the adjective form of vertigo, which in Latin means "a turning or whirling action." Both words descend from the Latin verb vertere, meaning "to turn." (Vertiginous and vertigo are just two of an almost dizzying array of vertere offspring, from adverse to vortex.) The "dizzying" sense of vertiginous is often used figuratively, as in this December 9th book recommendation by Thomas Mallon in The New York Times: "Marked by a piercing wit and vertiginous vocabulary, the book is a feat of emotional dexterity, shrewdly dispassionate and carefully felt."

Name That Synonym: What 5-letter synonym of vertiginous begins with "g" and can describe something causing dizziness or someone showing great happiness? The answer is …


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by on Dec. 31, 2014 at 12:41 PM
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Bleacheddecay
by on Dec. 31, 2014 at 4:35 PM
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I have this issue at times. Is the word you are looking for Giddy? I'm also like that at times!

kirbymom
by Sonja on Dec. 31, 2014 at 4:43 PM
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So do I. It happens at the most in-opportune times too.


Yes, the word is Giddy! :)  Good Job! :)

you rock

Quoting Bleacheddecay:

I have this issue at times. Is the word you are looking for Giddy? I'm also like that at times!


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