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When things go ary (spelling?) #187026
09/30/09 03:47 AM
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I recently wanted to use the expression "when things go ary (not correct spelling)", but then realised I had no idea how to spell the last word. My Word spellcheck and numerous search on Google (until I has brandished as an automated searcher/spam robot) came up with nothing.

Has anybody perhaps come across this expression and can help me out regarding the spelling of this word.

Maybe there is even a good etymological story behind the expression you can share. From my searches it is clear there are quite a few people who have no consensus on the spelling and probably the background of this phrase although they continue to use it (mostly in speech).

Re: When things go ary (spelling?) [Re: vanderoux] #187027
09/30/09 07:09 AM
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Netherlands, the Hague
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Did you no mean "when things go awry"?
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Re: When things go ary (spelling?) [Re: BranShea] #187028
09/30/09 07:14 AM
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Yes, thanks. I just had the pronunciation wrong.

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Re: When things go ary (spelling?) [Re: vanderoux] #187029
09/30/09 10:10 AM
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It's spelled awry, and it's related to the adjective wry as in "wry humor". Wry is from a Middle English verb wrien 'to turn'. It is related to English writhe, Latin vertere 'to turn' from PIE *wer- 'to turn'; also versus.


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Re: When things go ary (spelling?) [Re: zmjezhd] #187030
09/30/09 10:26 AM
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कहीं &...
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Originally Posted By: zmjezhd
It's spelled awry, and it's related to the adjective wry as in "wry humor". Wry is from a Middle English verb wrien 'to turn'. It is related to English writhe, Latin vertere 'to turn' from PIE *wer- 'to turn'; also versus.


is it related to agley?

Re: When things go ary (spelling?) [Re: latishya] #187031
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is it related to agley?

Only semantically, not etymologically.


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