[vuh-gair-ee, vey-guh-ree]
noun, plural vagaries.
an unpredictable or erratic action, occurrence, course, or instance: the vagaries of weather; the vagaries of the economic scene.
a whimsical, wild, or unusual idea, desire, or action.

1565–75, in sense “wandering journey”; apparently < Latin vagārī to wander

2. caprice, whim, quirk, crotchet. Unabridged
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vagary (ˈveɪɡərɪ, vəˈɡɛərɪ)
n , pl -garies
an erratic or outlandish notion or action; whim
[C16: probably from Latin vagārī to roam; compare Latin vagusvague]

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Word Origin & History

1577, "a wandering, a roaming journey," probably from L. vagari "to wander, roam, be unsettled, spread abroad" from vagus "roving, wandering" (see vague). Current meaning of "eccentric notion or conduct" (1629) is from notion of mental wandering.
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Example sentences
The vagaries of currents within the mantle mean that the crust and core can and
  do rotate at slightly different rates.
His emphasis on the vagaries of life was all the more appealing within his
  circle because of his jauntiness and verve.
Even though it has settled down to a stable middle age, the sun may have its
Maybe it's the vagaries of the whole debate that keep the confusion fueled.
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