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vagary

Postby Bailey » Wed Jan 03, 2007 6:07 pm

va·ga·ry (vg-r, v-gâr)
n. pl. va·ga·ries
An extravagant or erratic notion or action.



[From Latin vagr, to wander, from vagus, wandering.]

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Postby sluggo » Thu Jan 04, 2007 12:42 pm

In use:

A plague on this vagary,
I'm in a nice quandary -
Of hasty tone
with dames unknown,
I ought to be more chary;
It seems that she's a fairy
From Andersen's library,
And I took her for the proprietor
Of a La-dies' Se-mi-nary!

-W.S. Gilbert, Iolanthe Act I finale (1882)
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Postby Perry » Thu Jan 04, 2007 12:54 pm

Good'un Sluggo. Conversely, the Ruler of the Queen's Navy (in HMS Pinafore) was not at all vague on how he got his post.

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