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Today we are looking at the word ado [əˈduː], so without further ado, let’s go.
- bustle, fuss, flurry, confusion, turmoil, commotion, trouble, bother, bustling activity
It tends used in set expressions, such as “without further ado” and “with much ado” and is sometimes replaced with to-do, which means the same thing.
It comes from a Northern Middle English expression at do – the at comes from Old Norse, where it’s an infinitive marker, and such infinitive markers are still used in Danish (at), Swedish (att) and Norwegian (att). The do comes from the Middle English do(n) (to do) [source].
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