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Monday, March 12, 2012

Etymology for "Today" - c1200 Trin. Coll. Hom. 27 "Gif us to dai ure daihwamliche bred."

today, adv., n., and adj.  

Pronunciation:  /təˈdeɪ/
Forms:  see day n.   Also as two words and with hyphen.
Etymology:  Old English tó dæg Compare the parallel tonight , tomorrow , and dialect to-year ; also German heut zu Tage , heutzutage .

c897    K. Ælfred tr. Gregory Pastoral Care lviii. 441   Ic hæbbe ðe nu todæg gesetne ofer rice & ofer ðioda.
c1000    Ælfric Homilies II. 14   Þu eart min sunu, nu to-dæg ic gestrynde þe.
c1120    Anglo-Saxon Chron. ann. 656 (Laud) ,   Ic Wulfere gife to dæi Sc̃e Petre [etc.].
c1175    Lamb. Hom. 3   Hit is an heste dei to dei.
c1275  (1200)    Laȝamon Brut (Calig.) (1963) l. 2714   To-daie [c1300 Otho To-dai] a seouen-nihte.
1382    Bible (Wycliffite, E.V.) Luke xiii. 32   Loo! I caste out fendis‥to day and to morwe.
1483    Cath. Angl. 389/2   To day threday (A. Today thrydday), nudius tercius.
1535    Bible (Coverdale) Josh. xxii. D,   That he maye be wroth to daye or tomorrow.
1535    Bible (Coverdale) Psalms xciv. [xcv.] 7   To daye yf ye wil heare his voyce [etc.].
1601    B. Jonson Every Man in his Humor iv. i. sig. I3v,   And bad me ware this cursed sute to day.
1680    T. Otway Orphan i. 3   To day they chac'd the Boar.
1797    W. Godwin Enquirer ii. v. 225   He will plead for the plaintiff today.
1820    Keats Isabella in Lamia & Other Poems 63   To-day thou wilt not see him, nor to-morrow.
1912    N.E.D. at Today,   Mod. I have met them twice to-day.

 OED - "today"

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