8.18.2007

Just When I Think I'm So Smart

I was convinced that my Microsoft Word Toolbox was completely missing a word. "Bonified" didn't show up in the Dictionary or the Thesaurus.

And then the moment of revelation: "bonified" ain't a word anymore than "ain't" is. (Remember that singsong chant from elementary school - ain't ain't a word 'cuz it ain't in the dictionary"?)

Bona fide: 1542, from L., lit. "in good faith," abl. of bona fides "good faith." (Etymonline)

And to think I took four years of Latin to come to this disgrace!!

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