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Nov 23, 2009
This week's theme
Uncommon adverbs

This week's words
doggo
cap-a-pie
videlicet
apropos
scienter

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A.Word.A.Day
with Anu Garg

Last week we featured verbs. Now it's the turn of their little helpers: adverbs. Adverbs help verbs describe the action with more precision or more detail. How did she enter the room? Cautiously, gingerly, excitedly, etc. We know adverbs as words ending in -ly, but adverbs come in many garbs. This week we'll feature five unusual adverbs.

doggo

PRONUNCIATION:
(DOW-goh, DOG-oh)

MEANING:
adverb: Still and quiet (used in the form: to lie doggo).

ETYMOLOGY:
Probably from dog.

USAGE:
"The possibility is that [the Australian cricket team members] are merely lying doggo before they come out blazing in the next three days." Stephen Brenkley; Cricket: Anderson Has Australia in Deep Strife;
The Independent (London, UK); Jul 18, 2009.

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

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
Hypocrisy is the homage which vice pays to virtue. -Francois, duc de La Rochefoucauld, moralist (1613-1680)

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