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I have just seen an email containing the phrase "Without further adieu"; I always thought it was "Without further ado."

Which is it?

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Oh dear. After my recent peeves about questions being summarily closed, I'm afraid I've just voted to close this one on the grounds it looks to me like an attempt to circulate a joke. OP could easily have established standard usage by just Googling his two alternatives. And if he didn't get the joke EL&U shouldn't be in the business of explaining it. –  FumbleFingers Jul 28 '11 at 21:46
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@FumbleFingers You are reading too much into it. I'm a big fan of StackExchange. I knew there was an "English Language & Usage" site, and chose here to find the answer. When I didn't find the answer here, I figured I would ask it. Yeah, I could've googled it and probably found my answer. And there are probably a dozen of other ways to find this answer. –  mlsteeves Jul 29 '11 at 12:41
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Don't take this personally. Also bear in mind that I hadn't come across this one before, and I did think it was quite witty, so thank you for the chuckle. But if you didn't get the joke straight off, you could have just typed it in to Google - it gets 4M hits. Follow it by the word "meaning" and the top result explains it without you even needing to leave Google homepage. The EL&U FAQ says you should make at least some effort to find things out elsewhere before asking here, and realistically I don''t think you did that. –  FumbleFingers Jul 29 '11 at 12:54

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The common idiom is, "Without further ado." The words at play here are ado:

fuss, esp. about something that is unimportant

And adieu:

another term for goodbye

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I was getting ready to write just that. –  JSBձոգչ Jul 28 '11 at 18:50
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The point I would also make is that there is nothing at all wrong with deviating from an idiom, if you want. Maybe in context it's some sort of joke, and why not? –  z7sg Ѫ Jul 28 '11 at 19:06
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@z7sg: Good point. I replaced "proper" with "common" to soften the answer. –  MrHen Jul 28 '11 at 19:28

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