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Jan 22, 2020
This week’s theme
Adjectives used postpositively

This week’s words
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errant
aforethought
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aforethought

PRONUNCIATION:
(uh-FOHR-thot)

MEANING:
adjective: Planned or premeditated; not by accident.

ETYMOLOGY:
From afore (before) + thought, from Old English thoht. Ultimately from the Indo-European root tong- (to think or feel), which also gave us the words think and thank. Earliest documented use: 1472.

USAGE:
“[Jack] Taylor has definitely killed two men, one more or less by accident, the other with malice aforethought.”
Patrick Anderson; One Tough Tippler; The Washington Post; Jan 27, 2003.

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

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
Death is a friend of ours and he that is not ready to entertain him is not at home. -Francis Bacon, essayist, philosopher, and statesman (22 Jan 1561-1626)

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