Trouble with “Vigorously” and “Vicariously”
So far I haven’t found it in an article by a professional journalist (thank goodness), but in the course of my web browsing I have discovered the created word “vigariously.” It is enjoying wide use among bloggers and readers who post comments.
“Vigariously” occurs in contexts that call for either vigorously or vicariously.
vigorously – with intense energy and force
vicariously – at second hand; in place of
A word “vagariously” exists in the dictionary:
vagariously – marked by vagaries
However, I don’t think that anyone can be confusing this rarely used word with vigorously or vicariously.
I understand how “vigariously” could be a misspelling of vicariously, but its substitution for vigorously puzzles me.
Here are a few of the many examples of “vigariously” I have come across.
I watched the whole Rehab marathon on The Reality Network to live vigariously through the people on TV.
[I plan] to work up to only taking practice tests vigariously about a month to two months before the September test. (student preparing for LSAT)
I have tried vigariously plunging (hand plunger) many times with no results.
With these shows, the viewers are able to forget their problems and live vigariously thru those on the shows!
I blamed you for sending mixed messages about wanting him in and then arguing so vigariously that he shouldn’t be in!
I’m a Daddy, and I’ve been very careful about not living vigariously through my children.
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