April 7th, 2021

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interlocutor

interlocutor (in-ter-LOK-yuh-ter) - n., someone who takes part in a conversation, esp. formally or officially.


So, could be an interviewer or a participant in a stage dialogue. A specialized use is the master of ceremonies of a minstrel show, who was played as a straight man who bantered with the other performers (and in staging usually was physically between them). Dates to around 1510 adopted from a noun form of Latin interloquor, to speak between (as well as to issue an interlocutory decree), from inter-, between + loquor, speak.

---L.
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