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Erstwhile

Postby Stargzer » Mon Jul 11, 2005 10:18 am

This word shares its ancestry with ere through Old English and Germanic back to Indo-European ayer-:

The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language: Fourth Edition. 2000.

erstwhile

SYLLABICATION: erst·while

PRONUNCIATION: ûrst'hwīl', -wīl'

ADVERB: In the past; at a former time; formerly.

ADJECTIVE: Former: our erstwhile companions.


The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition. Copyright © 2000 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by the Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.


Bringing to mind our erstwhile Board God from a former forum, Brad Ross-McLeod.
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Postby Brazilian dude » Mon Jul 11, 2005 10:20 am

I don't know about you guys, but I have a very hard time pronoucing the h in words like white, which, why, and while, that's why I don't, like most people, I think.

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Postby tcward » Mon Jul 11, 2005 1:21 pm

I pronounce the [hw] when I am singing or acting, but not when I'm just speaking to friends, etc.

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Postby Brazilian dude » Mon Jul 11, 2005 4:26 pm

I didn't know you sang and acted.

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Postby Stargzer » Mon Jul 11, 2005 5:41 pm

Brazilian dude wrote:I didn't know you sang and acted.

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For one, there's always the shower, and for two, he didn't say whether that was acting up or some other form of acting. :D
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Postby Brazilian dude » Mon Jul 11, 2005 6:41 pm

Hahahaha.

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