August 07, 2016
vertigo (noun)
\VER-tih-goh\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
1 : a sensation in which a person or a person's surroundings seem to whirl dizzily2 : a confused or bewildered state of mind
How do you use it?
No matter how many times her grandma twirled her around, Adrianna continued to demand, "Again!" apparently not feeling the vertigo her grandma was.
Are you a word wiz?

"Vertigo" came into English from a Latin word meaning "to turn." Which of the following do you think also traces back to the same Latin root?

We hope you turned to answer B! The Latin verb "vertere" means "to turn," and it is the ancestor of a number of English words having to do with turning. "Vertere" became the Latin "vertigo," which passed directly into English. "Revert" comes from "revertere" -- a combination of "re-," meaning "again," and "vertere" -- and means to turn again, or less literally, "to come or go back." "Versus," meaning "against," traces to a form of "vertere" which produced the Latin adverb "versus" meaning "so as to face." And "versatile," meaning "ready and willing to change," comes from a form of "vertere" that means "turning easily."
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