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Nov 20, 2018
This week’s theme
Words from music

This week’s words
fiddlestick
upbeat

upbeat
Beginning of Bach's BWV 736, with upbeat in red
Image: Kwantus/Wikimedia

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upbeat

PRONUNCIATION:
(UHP-beet)

MEANING:
noun: An unaccented beat before the first beat of a measure.
adjective: Cheerful; optimistic.

ETYMOLOGY:
From up + Old English beatan (beat). Earliest documented use: 1869.

USAGE:
“As John Spangenberg of Damascus was readying his blooms for the show, he remained upbeat despite it all. ‘I probably lost a quarter of my garden in the spring,’ he said.”
Adrian Higgins; The Photogenic Dahlia Stages a Comeback, and Steals the Show; The Washington Post; Oct 11, 2018.

See more usage examples of upbeat in Vocabulary.com’s dictionary.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
The truth isn't always beauty, but the hunger for it is. -Nadine Gordimer, novelist, Nobel laureate (20 Nov 1923-2014)

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