A number of word-nerds often wish that some older, arcane and archaic words were still in common use, if only to provide insults for the office prankster, the Karen supervisor, and the sneak-thief who steals lunches from the break-room refrigerator.
Then there are terms that even word historians wonder how and why they came into existence, and no-one misses when they’re gone. Such a one is
When I first ran into it, I thought it was just a misspelling. Even when I checked it on a dictionary site, there was the red underlining, but it admitted that it was real, and meant
adverb Archaic. quickly, deftly.
A Middle English word dating back to 1300–50
If we had quickly and deftly, why did we need deliverly?? It is related to the old command to, “Stand and deliver!” This was not about a parcel, or a speech. It referred to a quick, deft, armed response to the challenge.
Everything old is being used for something new. People are not shopping at bricks and mortar stores anymore. Instead, they buy online, and have things delivered to them. I occasionally see FedEx, or Purolator, or DHL, or even Canpar (Canadian Parcel Service) trucks in the neighborhood, but there’s not a day when I don’t see a local, Intense Delivery Service, Mercedes Sprinter van, delivering up and down the street.
Sad to admit, it has stopped at our place more than a few times. The wife will say, “I wonder if that knitting pattern book that I ordered, will be delivered today.” – and her tablet will chime, with a photo of the package on the porch. So, if you want your delivery deliverly delivered, use an Intense courier company. 😉
How was my delivery of this post? Please be quick and deft with your responses. 😀