Perseverate (v)

In a workshop on writing: “some people perseverate in reading and reading and reading…”

Seems like this construction should be blocked by persevere, but there’s a subtle difference in meaning: where persevere means just ‘to carry on’, often in the context of adversity, perseverate means “repeat or prolong an action, thought, or utterance after the stimulus that prompted it has ceased” (Google dictionary) or “continuation of something (such as repetition of a word) usually to an exceptional degree or beyond a desired point” (Merriam-Webster). Do persevere, but try not to perseverate!


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