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Jan 2, 2009
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Uncommon adverbs

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seriatim
pell-mell
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shilly-shally

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shilly-shally

PRONUNCIATION:
(SHIL-ee-shal-ee)

MEANING:
adverb: Hesitantly; irresolutely.

adjective: Hesitant; vacillating.

noun: Hesitation; vacillation.

verb intr.: To vacillate; to dawdle.

ETYMOLOGY:
From reduplication of the question Shall I?

USAGE:
"We go after bigger things, and don't stand shilly-shally on the brink as you do."
Anthony Trollope; The Way We Live Now; 1875.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
We should be careful to get out of an experience only the wisdom that is in it -- and stop there -- lest we be like the cat that sits down on a hot stove-lid. She will never sit down on a hot stove-lid again, and that is well; but also she will never sit down on a cold one any more. -Mark Twain, author and humorist (1835-1910)

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