In So Many Words

Info-Comics by Larry Paros


Making Good Conversation

The Key Root for this column: vertere, verto "to turn"

Those words which are underlined are in the column. The others are close relatives but use different prefixes and suffixes. See if you can deduce their meaning.

Words and Phrases List

adverse, adversity, advertise, anniversary, aversion, avert, converse, conversion, conversation, convert, diverse, diversion, diversity, divert, extroversion, extrovert, introversion, introvert, invert, obverse, obvert, peevish, perverse, pervert, prose, reversal, reverse, revert, subversion, subversive, subvert, tergiversate, transverse, universe, versatile, verse, version, versus, vertebra, vertex, vertigo, vortex

Note: The vice in "Vice Versa," the title of this column comes from the Latin vicis, "change," and vertere. What does it mean when you say, "I love her and vice versa?" How does the phrase derive from its roots?

Thoughts for Today

  1. What makes advertising so perverse?
  2. What goes into a "good" conversation?
  3. Do Facebook, texting, and Emailing make for fewer or more "good" conversations?
  4. What do people mean when they say, "It's Us vs. Them?"
  5. What do we mean when we say that someone is "well versed" in a particular area?