Word of the DayMonday, May 06, 2013
\spang\ , adverb;
directly, exactly: The bullet landed spang on target.
He had been knocked spang out of his Keds.
-- Stephen King, Different Seasons, 1983
"And you say Stephanie has hidden this notebook in Daddy's cow-cream?" "Plumb spang in the cow-creamer."
-- P.G. Wodehouse, The Code of the Woosters, 1938
Spang is an Americanism of uncertain origin. It first entered English in the 1830s.
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