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Posted: 24 August 2017 08:33 PM   [ Ignore ]
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An adverb meaning correctly, properly.

Is this word becoming obsolete? I encounter it occasionally in older novels, as I did the other day in an older English mystery. I don’t recall ever hearing it in conversation.

Is it more common in the British Isles?

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Posted: 25 August 2017 04:50 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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Becoming?  I would have said it was thoroughly obsolete, and had been so for a long time.  But I’m a Yank; perhaps it’s got more life left in it across the pond.

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Posted: 25 August 2017 05:26 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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It’s not thoroughly obsolete yet, although it’s definitely well on its way out. BYU’s Corpus of Contemporary American English records a fair number of 21st century hits. I’ve heard it used, and probably used it myself, particularly in the phrase to set aright.

If Google Ngrams is to be believed, it’s somewhat less common in British English than in American.

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Posted: 25 August 2017 07:59 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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probably used it myself, particularly in the phrase to set aright.

I said set aright just yesterday to a friend and his thirty-ish son. The son gave me a brief quizzical look, but understood what I meant.

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Posted: 25 August 2017 10:29 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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I don’t think of it as obsolete either and I too use it occasionally. Isn’t it simply formed by preposition + noun or verb as in a’going or a’coming?

Ah yes, I see from OED that there are two entries, a’’right, vb, formed by prefix + verb, to put to rights, which is obsolete, and aright, adv., formed by preposition + noun, in a right way or manner, which isn’t marked as obsolete.

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Posted: 25 August 2017 02:50 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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aldiboronti - 25 August 2017 10:29 AM

I don’t think of it as obsolete either and I too use it occasionally. Isn’t it simply formed by preposition + noun or verb as in a’going or a’coming?

Ah yes, I see from OED that there are two entries, a’’right, vb, formed by prefix + verb, to put to rights, which is obsolete, and aright, adv., formed by preposition + noun, in a right way or manner, which isn’t marked as obsolete.

But OED’s entry is obsolete, 1885.

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Posted: 27 August 2017 12:56 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]
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I also use it occasionally, though it’s not heard much now, mainly in “put something aright”.

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Posted: 28 August 2017 01:00 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 7 ]
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Maybe used more when the preceding word ends in r, as in “Do I hear aright?”

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