Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Word of the Day

foray\FOR-ay\n. 1: a sudden or irregular invasion or attack for war or spoils: raid. 2: a brief excursion or attempt especially outside one's accustomed sphere.

Example Sentence: The book marks the novelist's first foray into nonfiction.

Did you know? "Foray" comes from Middle English "forrayen" and probably traces back to an Anglo-French word that meant "raider" or "forager." It's related to the word "forage," which usually means "to wander in search of food or forage." A "foray," in its earliest sense, was a raid for plunder. Relatively recently, "foray" began to take on a broader meaning. In a sense, a "foray" is still a trip into a foreign territory. These days, though, looting and plundering needn't be involved in a "foray." When you take a "foray," you dabble in an area, occupation, or pastime that's new to you.

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