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Nonce

Definition: At/the present or particular occasion.

Pronunciation: Nawns

Origin:

Middle English.

Why this word?

It sounds silly.

I’m especially interested in terms meant to describe a unit of time that don’t reference or involve numerical calculation. I mean, think about it– “Moment”, “Second”, “Instance”, “Period”, “Occasion”… there aren’t very many words meant to describe time that aren’t goofy-sounding slang.

I like “Nonce”.

How to use the word nounce in a sentence?

Example: “The nonce had been perfect, but distraction had allowed it to bleed away before he had realized.”

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Written by Veronica Jacobs

Veronica Jacobs is a fiction writer, blogger, academic editor, and sci-fi enthusiast. Currently working freelance (with a background in English Literature), she spends most of her time writing.

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