Word of the Day: nonce
origin: from Middle English "for the nons",
meaning "for the occasion"
("nons" developed from "ones/anes", meaning "once")
1. The present or particular occasion.
"I'm come to offer you my services, for though Huntingdon is my
friend, he's a devilish scamp, as we all know, and I'll be your
friend for the nonce."
--Anne Bronte, "The Tenant of Wildfell Hall"
" 'Bertha!' said Tackleton, assuming, for the nonce, a little
cordiality. 'Come here.' "
--Charles Dickens, "The Cricket on the Hearth"
Publish Date: 01/20/2011