Pronounced: toor-BILL-yuhn, noun

Note: It’s not going on a lot of tours…

Yesterday’s word

The word temporize means:

  • to act to suit the time or occasion : yield to current or dominant opinion
  • to draw out discussions or negotiations so as to gain time

I was familiar with the second definition (what we term ‘stalling’). You probably recognize the part of the word comes from Latin tempus (time). The word actually comes from the Medieval Latin word temporizare (to pass the time). Yesterday’s word has a somewhat negative connotation.

First usage

This word showed up in the late 1500s.

Published by Richard

Christian, lover-of-knowledge, Texan, and other things.

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