vacillate ˈva-sə-ˌlāt verb
1. be undecided about something; waver between conflicting positions or courses of action
2. move or sway in a rising and falling or wavelike pattern
The word vacillate has appeared in 63 articles on NYTimes.com in the past year, including on Feb. 16 in “D’Angelo Russell Is Poetry on the Court. Take It From a Poet” by Kelly Whiteside:
The poet and the point guard have never met. But they see the parallels in their crafts — the push-pull between creativity and pragmatism, between daring and safe.
Before this season, Mikko Harvey, an award-winning poet long enamored of the playing style of D’Angelo Russell, wondered if the Nets would ever find a place for their new point guard, whose imaginative play can vacillate between the beautiful and the boneheaded.
Do you throw the no-look pass for beauty’s sake when a practical pass would do?