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today's wwftd is... whilom

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    the worthless word for the day is: whilom [fr. OE. hwílum, later] /HWI lum/ archaic [adv] while; formerly [adj] former (see also erstwhile and quondam) He
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      the worthless word for the day is: whilom

      [fr. OE. hwílum, later] /HWI lum/
      archaic [adv] while; formerly [adj] former
      (see also erstwhile and quondam)

      "He had set his mind to looking up his whilom
      Captain. When we reached Portsmouth he began
      to make inquiries about the fellow--name of
      Churchill."
      - Neal Stephenson, The Confusion

      this week: more from Stephenson's Baroque Cycle

      -tsuwm
      http://home.mn.rr.com/wwftd/
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