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A.Word.A.Day--divers

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This week's theme: Words that appear to be misspellings

divers (DY-vuhrz)

adjective: Various; several.

[From Latin diversus, from divertere (to turn aside), from di- (away, apart) + vertere (to turn). Ultimately from the Indo-European root wer- (to turn or bend) that is also the source of words such as wring, weird, writhe, worth, revert, and universe.]

Note: This word can sneak through spellcheckers in another garb: as a plural noun.

"Did he alone represent France in this mysterious association, evidently composed of individuals of divers nationalities?"
Jules Verne; Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The Sea; 1870.

See more usage examples of divers in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

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Humor may be defined as the kindly contemplation of the incongruities of life, and the artistic expression thereof. -Stephen Leacock, economist and humorist (1869-1944)

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