Wednesday, August 24, 2005

Word of the Day for Wednesday August 24, 2005

expatiate \ek-SPAY-shee-ayt\, intransitive verb:
1. To speak or write at length or in considerable detail.
2. To move about freely; to wander.

He had told her all he had been asked to tell--or all he
meant to tell: at any rate he had been given abundant
opportunity to expatiate upon a young man's darling
--Henry Blake Fuller, [1]Bertram Cope's Year

At the midday meal on fair day, a large one (meat loaf,
boiled potato, broccoli), Mrs. Lucas, married to the man
with the earache, expatiates on the difficulties of caring
for a parakeet her daughter has unloaded upon her and
which, let out of its cage for an airing, has escaped
through the door suddenly opened by Mr. Lucas.
--William H. Pritchard, [2]Updike: America's Man of Letters

His relationship with his family was for many years an
unhappy one, and he does not care to expatiate upon it.
--Barbara La Fontaine, "Triple Threat On, Off And Off-Off
Broadway," [3]New York Times, February 25, 1968

Expatiate is from Latin expatiari, "to walk or go far and
wide," from ex-, "out" + spatiari, "to walk about," from

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