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Word of the Day: Aisle, Isle and I’ll

Aug 20, 2019 | The Dictionary Project: Word of the Day

Word of the Day: Aisle, Isle and I’ll

by Aug 20, 2019The Dictionary Project: Word of the Day

aisle / īl
1.     the passageway between seats, shelves, counters, etc. such as in a bus, auditorium, store or warehouse
The excitement spread through the train, and men, and even women, left their seats, overflowing the aisles. 
From “The Escape of Mr. Trimm” by Irvin S. Cobb, 1876 – 1944
2.     a long, narrow passageway
Up and down the long grassy aisles they wandered, reading the quaint, voluminous epitaphs, carved in an age that had more leisure than our own. 
From “Anne of The Island” by Lucy Maud Montgomery, 1874 – 1942
3.     a lateral division in a church from the nave by a row of columns
Hard by, the aisle of the church called the d’Urberville Aisle looked on imperturbably. 
From “Tess of the d’Urbervilles – A Pure Woman Faithfully Presented” by Thomas Hardy, 1840 – 1928
isle / īl
1.     a small island
The narrow seas around these isles, where British admirals keep watch and ward upon the marches of the Atlantic Ocean, are subject to the turbulent sway of the West Wind. 
From “The Mirror of the Sea” by Joseph Conrad, 1857 – 1924
I’ll / īl
1.     the contraction of the words I and will or shall
Tell me and I’ll forget; show me and I may remember; involve me and I’llunderstand.
Chinese Proverb

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District Governor 2019-2020
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