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Mar 2, 2018
This week’s theme
Adverbs

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deasil
tantivy
fain
piecemeal
widdershins

widdershins
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widdershins

PRONUNCIATION:
(WID-uhr-shinz)

MEANING:
adverb: In a counterclockwise, left-handed, or wrong direction.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Old High German widar (back, against) + sin (direction). Earliest documented use: 1513. Also see deasil.

USAGE:
“There was a boat, ‘The Messenger’. It went widdershins around the Middle Sea.”
Jim Webster; Dead Man Riding East; AUK Authors; 2012.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
Religious freedom should work two ways: we should be free to practice the religion of our choice, but we must also be free from having someone else's religion practiced on us. -John Irving, novelist (b. 2 Mar 1942)

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