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This week's theme: words formed by false splitting.
nonce (nons) noun
1. The present or immediate occasion.
2. The time being.
[From the phrase "for the nonce", a misdivision of "for then anes", from for + then (the) + anes (one).]
-Anu Garg (words at wordsmith.org)
"I pursed my lips and set aside my thirst for the nonce." C Sanford Lowe and G David Nordley; Loki's Realm; Analog Science Fiction & Fact (New York); Jul/Aug 2007.
After you have exhausted what there is in business, politics, conviviality, and so on -- have found that none of these finally satisfy, or permanently wear -- what remains? Nature remains. -Walt Whitman, poet (1819-1892)
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