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Monday, March 02, 2015

Definitions for switcheroo

  1. an unexpected or sudden change or reversal in attitude, character, position, action, etc.

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Citations for switcheroo
Shiny screeners arrive, harbingers of the new season, and you let folks know what looks promising. Then suddenly the Whitney-created show you loathed gets better, while the Whitney-created show you defended gets worse. Or you go through some psychic switcheroo and recognize the genius in a series that you’d severely underestimated. Emily Nussbaum, "Hate-watching 'Smash,'" The New Yorker, April 27, 2012
Maybe a flock followed a herd / of heifers across a pasture, / pecking wildflower seed / from fresh dung / when the first urge of switcheroo / flashed in their dirt-colored heads. Yusef Komunyakaa, "The Song Thief," Thieves of Paradise, 1998
Origin of switcheroo
Switcheroo came to English in the 1930s. The suffix -eroo is used to create familiar, usually jocular variations of semantically more neutral nouns, like switch.
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