But it was the suddenness of his proposal to Megan upon arriving back in New York that had even her gasping with surprise.
The suddenness of Sarah Palin's resignation Friday raises the question about whether Palin is leaving to avert a major scandal.
late 13c., perhaps via Anglo-French sodein, from Old French subdain "immediate, sudden," from Vulgar Latin *subitanus, variant of Latin subitaneus "sudden," from subitus "come or go up stealthily," from sub "up to" + ire "come, go." Phrase all of a sudden first attested 1680s, earlier of a sudayn (1590s), upon the soden (1550s). Sudden death, tie-breakers in sports, first recorded 1927; earlier in reference to coin tosses (1834).