A.Word.A.Day  with Anu Garg

tarnal

PRONUNCIATION:       (TAHR-nuhl)

MEANING:       adjective, adverb: Damned

ETYMOLOGY:

Alteration of eternal (as in “eternal damnation”), from Latin aeternus, from aevum (age). Ultimately from the Indo-European root aiw-/ayu- (vital force, life, eternity), which also gave us ever, never, aye, nay, eon, eternal, medieval, primeval, utopia, Sanskrit Ayurveda, aught, coeval, and coetaneous. Earliest documented use: 1790.

USAGE:

“Why had he let himself get suckered into that tarnal poker game?”
W. Michael Gear; Long Ride Home; Tor Books; 1988

dru’s inquiring mind

WANTS TO KNOW:

COULD THIS BE USED IN PLACE OF THE VERB?

DAMN

damn or dam – verb

      1. (in Christian belief) be condemned by God to suffer eternal punishment in hell:
      2. condemn, especially by the public expression of disapproval:
    synonyms: condemn, censure, criticize, attack, denounce, revileMore

    exclamation

      1. expressing anger, surprise, or frustration:
    synonyms: darn, damn it, dammit, drat, shoot, blast, doggone (it);  More

    adjective

    1. used for emphasis, especially to express anger or frustration:

Like: “Frankly my dear, I don’t give a tarnal”.

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