The obscure word of the week is privily

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There are over a million individual words in English. One of the more obscure is privily: an archaic term meaning ‘secretly’ or ‘privately’. It has been traced to the thirteenth century (before the great vowel change) and was also used in Tyndale’s sixteenth century English translation of the Bible.

There’s an old aphorism – “English doesn’t borrow from other languages. English follows other languages down dark alleys, knocks them over, and goes through their pockets for loose grammar.” Too true.

Your challenge? Use today’s obscure word in a sentence, down in the comments.

Copyright © Matthew Wright 2016

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