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Jan 1, 2009

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This week's theme
Uncommon adverbs

This week's words
seriatim
pell-mell
withal
imprimis
shilly-shally

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imprimis

PRONUNCIATION:
(im-PRY-mis, -PREE-)

MEANING:
adverb: In the first place.

ETYMOLOGY:
From contraction of Latin phrase in primis (among the first), from in (among) and primus (first). The word was originally used to introduce the first of a number of articles in a list, such as a will, inventory, etc.

USAGE:
"So you see, imprimis the Queen of Scots cannot commit treason against me because she is not my subject."
Patricia Finney; Unicorn's Blood; Picador; 1998.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
The only real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes. -Marcel Proust, novelist (1871-1922)

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