Word of the Day – April 5, 2012

awry (adj. or adv.)


away from the expected direction; amiss; wrong

Two speeches that Richard Nixon never gave surfaced not long ago in the National Archives. One was the text of the grim public statement Nixon would have made had the 1969 moon landing gone awry, stranding two astronauts on the lunar surface. The second was the speech that Nixon would have given in August of 1974 had he decided not to resign the presidency: “We must not let this office be destroyed or let it fall such easy prey to those who would exult in the breaking of the President that the game becomes a national habit.”
Cullen Murphy     July 2000

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