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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

wellaway

\WEL-uh-WEY\ , interjection;
1.
(Used to express sorrow.)
Quotes:
She entered under the dome weeping and wailing, “Wellaway!"
-- edited by Leonard Charles Smither, The Book of the Thousand Nights and a Night
"Wellaway. My little son so dear!" So sad he was that no one could cheer up at all…
-- Marijane Osborn, Romancing the Goddess
Origin:
Wellaway is related to the contemporary word woe. It came from the Old English phrase wā lā wā meaning "woe! lo! woe!"
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