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Feb 25, 2020
This week’s theme
Adverbs

This week’s words
somedeal
abaft
natheless
endlong
somewhither

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abaft

PRONUNCIATION:
(uh-BAFT)

MEANING:
adverb: Toward the rear or stern.
preposition: Behind.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Middle English a- (toward) + baft (in the rear). Earliest documented use: 1400.

USAGE:
“The Irish sense of home place is almost a clinically identifiable organ, abaft the gizzard and above the spleen.”
Kevin Myers; Mailmen and Google Earth Already Deliver What Postcodes Can’t; Sunday Times (London, UK); Aug 2, 2015.

See more usage examples of abaft in Vocabulary.com’s dictionary.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
In the cellars of the night, when the mind starts moving around old trunks of bad times, the pain of this and the shame of that, the memory of a small boldness is a hand to hold. -John Leonard, critic (25 Feb 1939-2008)

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