Although the term refers, apparently, to bad behavior of an officeholder in office
, malversation sounds to me like a word which really ought to mean
or evil conversation
. After all, isn't misbehavior in office already known as malfeasance
? Does this not already capture the "mal
so given to lend a discomforting aura to words: maleficent
. And are there not already words for the bad officeholder purpose sufficient to fill out all the needs of the English language? And yet, is there a word which singly captures the sense of having a conversation which is, for whatever reason, itself harmful, hurtful, turned toward ill ends?
I propose, then, a repurposing of the word
, as is on occasion appropriate in the continuing evolution
; that henceforth the word malversation shall be taken to mean a conversation in which the participants plot bad deeds or speak ill of others. "Becky and Betty were having quite a lurid malversation about Bonnie"; "Diego and Scaramanga malversed about their planned betrayal of the Duke of Blois"; "Mrs. Fitchman delights in malversing about everybody she dislikes."
Let us not let so useful a linguistic opportunity go to waste, but let us instead cast malversations of all stripes into the light!!