Divagation

The last, I think, of words from Paul Auster’s New York Trilogy.  Even if his storytelling leaves a little to be desired, Auster is a master of the English language.  In this case, he wrote about a detective following after an old man released from prison.  Every day, the man took a very purposeful walk throughout New York City, but he would occasionally divagate from his route in order to pick up some worthless trash off of the ground.  Divagate means to wander, digress, or stray.  While deviate, its closest synonym, means to wander off the established path (de as in away, via as in the road), divagate might not need a set path to begin with.  The latin verb it comes from is to simply wander around.

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