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Dear Word Detective: I have been bothered lately by this idea: I can be inverted, converted, introverted, extroverted, averted, diverted, subverted, and of course the ever-popular perverted. What I can’t be is “verted.” Can you explain the origin of this strange word that apparently doesn’t exist without a prefix? — Vic Walton.

Speaking as someone usually considered an introvert, I find your flexibility impressive. I’ve tried being an extrovert a few times, but people tend to back away slowly and the conversation dies. As for perversions, it occurred to me the other day that I was

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