Posted by: Jack Henry | April 27, 2012

Vice Versa

Today’s request is another Latin term. Viewers would like to know the appropriate way to spell, say, and use the term vice versa. The following information is combined from and the Merriam-Webster Dictionary.

Spelling: vice versa (no hyphens)

Pronunciation: vsvrs, -s-, -si-, –vs, –vis, ()vs– [KC – Or in my version of linguistics, “vice-uh, verse-uh.” You can also go to this link (
and click the speaker icon for a professional reading of the word.]

Function: adverb
Etymology: Latin
Definition: with the alternation or order changed: with the relations reversed; in reverse order from the way something has been stated; the other way around: She dislikes me, and vice versa. Copernicus was the first to suggest that the earth revolves around the sun, and not vice versa.

Synonyms: conversely, contrariwise, inversely.

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