The Closing Word: Vagary

The Closing Word: VagaryThis week we continue our vocabulary-building series, “The Closing Word.” Each week we provide a new word to help build your vocabulary and show you an example of how to use it.

This week’s closing word:


Pronounced: (VAYG-uh-ree)

an unexpected and inexplicable change in something (in a situation or a person’s behavior, etc.)

From “A vagary is an unexpected and unpredictable change, and the word is usually used in the plural. Vagary traces back to the Latin root meaning “wander,” and you can think of a vagary as something that wanders. Events or situations that seem to change at random have vagaries.”

“The vagaries of securing a mortgage are enough to keep a home buyer up at night, though there are mistakes buyers can avoid to help ensure financing is more of a sure thing.”


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