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Today's Words: Expeditious, Doppelganger and Dovetail


(k-spi-dish-uhs) Adjective

characterized by promptness; quick

More about Expeditious

First recorded between 1590–1600.

Formed from exped(ition) -itious 

Examples of Expeditious

The company’s expeditious response to customer complaints improved its reputation.

His expeditious movements on the field made him the fastest player on the team.


(dop-uhl-gang-er) Noun

a ghostly double or counterpart of a living person.

More about Doppelganger

First recorded in English between 1850–55.

Directly from German: doppel, double + Ganger, “walker” (from Gang, “motion, way” +n-el; cf gang).

Examples of Doppelganger

The actress was surprised when her fans mistook a lookalike for her doppelgänger.

Historical records revealed that a doppelgänger of the king was used as a decoy during times of war.


(duhv-teyl) verb

to join or fit together compactly or harmoniously.

More about Dovetail

First recorded in 1555–65.

So named from its shape.

Examples of Dovetail

The new software is designed to dovetail seamlessly with existing systems.

Her plans dovetail nicely with his, making collaboration easy and efficient.

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