December 3, 2008 at 11:39 am (Uncategorized)

vertiginous (adj.) – whirling; spinning; rotary

“It turns out the cause of poor tendony Mrs. R–‘s meltdown in the kitchen is that she has either a grandniece or removed cousin who’s doing some type of internship at Time, Inc., in the Time-Life Building or whatever it’s called, about which Mrs. R– and whoever she’s managed to call know only that it’s a vertiginously tall skyscraper someplace in New York City, and she’s out of her mind with worry…”

Wallace, David Foster. “The View From Mrs. Thompson’s.” Consider the Lobster. New York: Back Bay Books, 2007. p 139.



  1. Ms Crabapple said,

    So that’s it? Only that many words you didn’t know? You must be a genius!!

  2. kendallopere said,


    My dictionary defines it as related to vertigo, the fear of heights…

    “causing vertigo, esp. by being extremely high or steep ”

    Seems more in keeping with the usage above too.

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