Monday, August 11, 2008

Word of the Day


Pronunciation: \ˈərst-ˌ(h)wī(-ə)l\
Function: adjective
Date: 1903

belonging to some prior time

"While intoxicated, he told many conflicting stories regarding the fate of his companions, and it was suspected that he had disposed of his erstwhile associates by foul means."

— Dashiell Hammett, The Thin Man, 1934

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