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Well in referring to the period in which "New" words were formed, I'm wondering if your referring to the the birth of the English language in Britain. You can't really put into a single time period, but this took place over the course of about 100 AD to 1500 AD. During this period various Latin, French, and German dialects came together in Britain to form ...


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You know, Antoni Gaudí was hit by a tram and died in 1926. It left his work on the church Sagrada Família incomplete. So here is a literal rather than figurative instance.


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Shorter Oxford (revised Onions 1933) lists yesterday as noun and adverb. Yesterday sb. Did you see my yesterday's note? Byron. All our yesterdays have lighted fools the way to dusty death. Will Shakespeare. adverb He was to dine, as yestesterday with the Frazers. Jane Austen Nevertheless is only listed as an adverb. Nonetheless is not ...


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Many dictionaries define any word that can appear alone in an adverbial phrase to be an adverb. 'Yesterday' is a temporal noun, so it can appear adverbial (although it is really the referent of an elided '[at]'). 'Nevertheless', like 'however' is an adverb, but many people are tempted to punctuate them like conjunctions (cf. 'but'). Conjunction clauses ...


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It is a very old saying, that dates back at least to the 16th century: Woolgathering: 1550s, "indulging in wandering fancies and purposeless thinking," from the literal meaning "gathering fragments of wool torn from sheep by bushes, etc." (see wool + gather). (Dictionary.com) Earlest known usages: The earliest known use of the phrase ...


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From etymonline: ... 1550s, "indulging in wandering fancies and purposeless thinking," from the literal meaning "gathering fragments of wool torn from sheep by bushes, etc.," an activity that necessitates much wandering to little purpose... Hence it makes the jump from "wandering aimlessly, looking for wool" to any other drifty, purposeless behaviour: ...



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