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Word of the Day: Gallivant



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  • Go around from one place to another in the pursuit of pleasure or entertainment.


“If you pay attention to his social media, he looks like he’s gallivanting around the world.” 

“Instead of staying at home for New Year’s, let’s gallivant around the city.”

“It’s our last day in the city, so I will be gallivanting around to every place I missed.”


Old French, early 19th century


“Gallivant” is thought to come from “gallant,” which in the 17th century was used to describe the courting process. There’s a certain flippant quality to gallivanting, but it doesn’t have to have negative connotations. It can imply a lack of seriousness, but when it comes to travel, gallivanting can mean an itinerary filled to the brim with fun excursions and hopping from exciting activities to new adventures.

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Joe, I hope you read these comments and i especially hope you are doing well. I've enjoyed your Classic City News for several years but must acknowledge a concern. Your hard news emails are beiing swamped by the community service messages and it's making me hesitant to open another email since I'm really looking for news and not the 'word of the day'. Is there any chance you could change this page to two seperate genres? And change a title or two so we know what we're spending our time on? Thanks. Happy New Year.

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I hope you’re enjoying the Christmas season, and I wish you good luck and good health in the new year!

I have taken you comments under advisement and will have to think things through before making any changes as I try to serve the diverse interests of CCN’s readership.

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