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Friday, September 21, 2001

maunder

\MON-duhr\ , intransitive verb;
1.
To talk incoherently; to speak in a rambling manner.
2.
To wander aimlessly or confusedly.
Quotes:
As in one of his earlier novels , . . . Kerr invents a credibly grim scenario for our future: most of the earth's inhabitants are infected with a deadly virus and maunder in fetid cities.
-- Charles Flowers, "Blood on the Moon (Really!)", New York Times, February 14, 1999
It is a play with melodramatic themes, but García Lorca has put aside temptation to let it maunder, scream or otherwise let the emotions take over.
-- Richard F. Shepard, "Stage: 'Bernarda Alba' Produced in Spanish", New York Times, November 23, 1979
Now I find myself maundering about parts of plays hardly anybody knows or cares about anymore, such as the graveyard scene in Our Town, or the poker game in Tennessee Williams's A Streetcar Named Desire, or what Willy Loman's wife said after that tragically ordinary clumsily gallant American committed suicide in Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman.
-- Kurth Vonnegut, Timequake
Origin:
Maunder is perhaps a dialectal variant of meander (possibly influenced by wander).
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