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9 comments on this post.
  1. Janet Morrison:

    I’m more familiar with renege in the card playing sense – to fail to follow suit when you actually have a card of the required suit. I don’t think I’ve ever done this in bridge, but I’ve been caught in euchre a couple of times, when I forget that the jack of hearts is actually a diamond, say. Very tricky!

  2. Heretic’s Foundation VIII: Seeing Beneath Twelfth Night « Clyde Fitch Report:

    […] — an epistle — that causes him to give up his Christian faith and become a heathen “Yond gull Malvolio is turned heathen, a very renegado” (III.iii.66-7), renegado meaning a deserter of Christianity. Malvolio, whose name in Italian […]

  3. Melissa:

    Is it even correct to use the word ‘renege’ as a verb. If someone was to renege on a bet… that person a reneger? Is that a valid word in the English language?

  4. Melissa:

    Sorry…let me phrase this better”
    Is it ever correct to use the word ‘renege’ as a NOUN? If someone was to renege on a bet… that person a reneger? Is that a valid word in the English language?

  5. una holden-cosgrove:

    The last 2 questions above are mine too. I want to use a noun to tell someone that he is reneging and call him a(reneger) but there HAS to be another word than reneger – it sounds so much more feeble than the verb

  6. Pierce:

    C’mon people…are you trying to figure out a way to say something that most likely would offend or piss someone off, hiding behind the literal, grammatical meaning of a word as a defense?

    Please, regardless of what definition or proper saying of the word “reneging” or whatever in spelling, you may use if for a while, but eventually get into a situation you may wish you hadn’t gotten into in the first place.

    Know what you say and understand what else that comes with it in after…


  7. Dianna:

    I am suspecting that the word “renege” probably comes from renegotiate.

  8. simon:

    I read a long time ago that the word renege came from a guy in the 20’s who pulled out of a deal with the u.s. gov

  9. Anthony M:

    “Renege” is not an uncommon expression. It is used in the sense of going back on one’s promise. It is common in the context of contractual issue and in playing bridge.

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