January 06, 2019
conversation (noun)
\kahn-ver-SAY-shun\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
: talking or a talk between two or more people
How do you use it?
"‘Let Wilbur alone!' she said. ‘He has a perfect right to smell, considering his surroundings. You're no bundle of sweet peas yourself. Furthermore, you are interrupting a very pleasant conversation. What were we talking about, Wilbur, when we were so rudely interrupted?'" (E. B. White, _Charlotte's Web_)
Are you a word wiz?

Long before people used "conversation" to talk about talking, "conversation" had another meaning. What do you think it was?

Let's talk about answer B. An early meaning of "conversation" was "behavior" or "conduct." That meaning was in use by the 1300s but it is now obsolete. By the late 1500s, people were using "conversation" with today's common meaning. "Conversation" has its roots in the Latin "convertere" meaning "to turn around." Another conversational word, "converse," also stems from "convertere." Both "conversation" and "converse" entered English through Anglo-French.
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