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The consonants were reproduced but the reader was forced to guess at the vowels.

You may guess what your father's first question on his return will be.

There you will guess how the greatest part of the hour was employed.

Internecine destruction probably has a meaning we can only guess at.

I guess so,' says he, and then he turned and went off to bed.

She could not at first guess any possible cause for an emotion so poignant.

More than that, mother; guess only once more, for I cannot keep it in if you are not very quick.

"The cable would have handled that end of it, I guess," she said, succinctly.

You can be lonely in a crowd, and I guess—is there any one around here you like better than me?

I guess it's worth two dollars to you to be able to sleep on your back.

WORD ORIGIN

c.1300, gessen "to estimate, appraise," originally "take aim," probably from Scandinavian (cf. Middle Danish gitse, getze "to guess," Old Norse geta "guess, get"), possibly influenced by Middle Dutch gessen, Middle Low German gissen "to guess," all from Proto-Germanic *getiskanan "to get" (see get). Sense evolution is from "to get," to "to take aim at," to "to estimate." Meaning "to hit upon the right answer" is from 1540s. U.S. sense of "calculate, recon" is true to the oldest English meaning. Spelling with gu- is late 16c., sometimes attributed to Caxton and his early experience as a printer in Bruges. Related: Guessed; guessing. Guessing game attested from 1650s.

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