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Adieu is one of those words that I associate with black and white love stories; where the couple are forced apart before they can finally be together permanently. You rarely hear it mentioned these days, except in playful homage to those times; but it’s a fabulous word which resonates with all sorts of untold stories and unexpressed emotions.

I wasn’t sure if I should come up with an alternative meaning because of my associations with it, but then thought ‘what the heck, let’s give it a go’ and I ended up with “Adieu – a personalised advertising system that delivers on the spot adverts based on your activities” – gosh, isn’t that Facebook by any other name?

This week’s word is ADIEU, it is a NOUN and is pronounced ‘ad-he-uw’

The word adieu means the act of leaving or of bidding farewell; it is often used to indicate that the person leaving will return at some point in time.
Examples of the word Adieu
  • He bid his friends adieu before setting off on his adventures
  • I bid my love ‘adieu’, expecting never to see his fond face again
  • We bid adieu to our carefully orchestrated methods when computers were foisted upon us.

Origins of the word Adieu

It has its origins in 1325–75. It is a  Middle English word that derived originally from the Latin word ‘ad’ meaning ‘to’ and ‘Dieu’ meaning ‘God’; in other words ‘I commend you to God’.
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Why the Weekly Word?

The idea of the Weekly Word comes from Toastmasters International. At each meeting we have a Grammarian whose role is to encourage members to try out new words that stretch our vocabulary, as well as to monitor and report back on people’s use of language. If you’d like to find out more about Toastmasters groups in your area then you can visit their website at: http://www.toastmasters.org.

If you would like to see previous Weekly Words on this blog and try out your own alternative meanings, you can find them all listed here: the-weekly-word

Linda Parkinson-Hardman

Social Entrepreneur and Founder of the Hysterectomy Association; Social Media Strategist at Internet Mentor; Speaker; Writer and Author of Eight Books; Blogger at http://womanontheedgeofreality.com and all round diva. Phew what a lot for a Thursday afternoon :-)

You can find out more about me (and perhaps connect) at http://www.linkedin.com/in/lindaph

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