[Image credit: Arvind Balaraman]

This month I’ve chosen the word circuitous to pick apart.  As much as I read, I have to admit I don’t know that I’ve ever run across it in one of my books and only just heard it in passing.  Pronounced ser-kyoo-i-tuhs, it is an adjective and, according to Merriam-Webster online dictionary, means having a circular or winding course; or, not being forthright or direct in language or action.  Synonyms include back road, by way of, complicated, devious, meandering, labyrinth and roundabout.  Antonyms are direct, in line, straight.  Sample sentences may read: The traffic was redirected to a circuitous route through town in order to avoid the holiday parade.  And: According to witnesses, the alleged criminal’s alibi seemed a bit circuitous Personally speaking, my life seems to be taking the circuitous route to Someday, but it sure is scenic along the way.  And I find that the back roads oftentime illumine the path I should have been taking all along.

Where does your life take the roundabout way?