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Friday, January 20, 2012

deucedly

\DOO-sid-lee\ , adverb;
1.
Devilishly; damnably.
Quotes:
When I went in I had seen that there was a deucedly pretty girl sitting in that particular seat, so I had taken the next one.
-- P. G. Wodehouse, Man With Two Left Feet and Other Stories
It's most important. You will put me in a deucedly awkward position if you don't.
-- C. S. Lewis, The Magician's Nephew
Origin:
Deucedly is related to the word deuce which refers to the face of a die with one dot, as in "to roll deuces." It comes from the Latin word for two, duos. In the mid-1600s, it became associated with bad luck, probably because it was the lowest score you could get when playing dice.
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