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Word of the Week (4)

palter, \ˈpȯl-tər\= equivocate

I got this from the Robert Fitzgerald translation of the Aeneid.  Dido is upbraiding Aeneas for planning to sail for Italy.  She says:

Liar and cheat! Some rough Caucasian cliff

Begot you on a flint.  Hyracian tigresses                   

Tendered their teats to you.  Why should I palter?

I’m always excited to find words like this: tighter synonyms for already slightly elevated English words.  If you’re the kind of person who says “equivocate”, you won’t sound like too much of a joker saying “palter”.

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