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Jul 7, 2015
This week’s theme
Words that aren’t what they appear to be

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accidence
livelong
bespoke
limpid
tribology

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livelong

PRONUNCIATION:
(LIV-long)

MEANING:
adjective: Whole or entire (referring to time).

ETYMOLOGY:
From Old English leof (dear, used as an intensifier) + lang (long). Ultimately from the Indo-European root leubh- (to love or to care), which also gave us love, belief, leave (permission), and lief. Earliest documented use: 1450.

USAGE:
“Life goes on in their little yellow bubble, where everyone merrily agrees with each other, all the livelong day.”
Emma Cowing; Nicola in a Spin That is Turning Her Head; Daily Mail (London, UK); May 2, 2015.

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

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
Sin lies only in hurting others unnecessarily. All other "sins" are invented nonsense. -Robert A. Heinlein, science-fiction author (7 Jul 1907-1988)

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