Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Making me dizzy -- vertiginous

From Maureen Dowd's Feb. 13 column in the Times --
"We’re not just in the most vertiginous election of our lives. We’re in another national seminar on gender and race that is teaching us about who we are as we figure out what we want America to be."

ver·tig·i·nous adjective
[Etymology: Latin vertiginosus, from vertigin-, vertigo]
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 : rotary

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