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A.Word.A.Day--prithee

Pronunciation Sound Clip RealAudio

This week's theme: words formed by contraction.

prithee (PRITH-ee) interjection

Please (used to express a request).

[Contraction of (I) pray thee.]

-Anu Garg (words at wordsmith.org)

"Probably it is because I am by profession a storyteller that I cannot resist a good tale, and it makes no matter if I end up telling it as a piece of fiction or as what calls itself truth. Just do not, I prithee, confuse me with a clam." The Specialist Said; The Sunday Independent (Dublin, Ireland); May 28, 2006.

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