Divagate means to wander or stray from a course or subject. Divagate derives from the Latin verb divagari, which which comes from dis- (apart) and vagari (to wander). Divagate was first used around 1599.
Divagate can suggest the literal like roaming, or divagating, off trail on hike or wandering, or divagating, away from a group. Divagate, however, is more often used in a figurative sense like rambling, or divagating, off topic.
Which path shall you choose to divagate upon as your mind wanders freely, divagating from topic to topic…
Divagate is a new word for me, and yet somehow it feels quite familiar – perhaps due to it’s similarity to diverge. I rather like divagate and I am fairly guilty of divagating on the regular, both literally and figuratively! It’s simply how my mind works in it’s quirky, atypical way. How do you find yourself divagating through the day?
Namaste ~ Ella
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