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#187026 - 09/30/09 03:47 AM When things go ary (spelling?)  
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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).

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

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#187029 - 09/30/09 10:10 AM Re: When things go ary (spelling?) [Re: vanderoux]  
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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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#187030 - 09/30/09 10:26 AM Re: When things go ary (spelling?) [Re: zmjezhd]  
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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?

#187031 - 09/30/09 10:46 AM Re: When things go ary (spelling?) [Re: latishya]  
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is it related to agley?

Only semantically, not etymologically.


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