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Now you and sis never get up with any such light poetic notion as that.

This here fellow, now, couldn't make an honest livin' like that, I bet you.

Dad and the mater both say the same now—they're more severe than I was.

"Now you are angry with me," exclaimed the sensitive maiden; and she burst into tears.

Look at him now over there, the way he goes around butting into strangers.

You can even now return, if you will submit to be a mere sojourner in Athens.

This trained neutrality of Mrs. Bines served her finely now.

She had rejoiced for his happy spirit, and now she mourned her own widowed lot.

At length the servant returned, saying his master was now ready to see them.

I have more than once tried to deceive you, but you will feel that I am not now speaking falsely.

WORD ORIGIN

Old English nu "now, at present, immediately; now that," also used as an interjection and as an introductory word; common Germanic (cf. Old Norse nu, Dutch nu, Old Frisian nu, German nun, Gothic nu "now"), from PIE *nu "now" (cf. Sanskrit and Avestan nu, Old Persian nuram, Hittite nuwa, Greek nu, nun, Latin nunc, Old Church Slavonic nyne, Lithuanian nu, Old Irish nu-). Perhaps originally "newly, recently," and related to the root of new.

Often merely emphatic; non-temporal usage (cf. Now, then) was in Old English. The adjective meaning "up to date" first recorded 1967, but the word was used also as an adjective in Middle English with the sense "current" from late 14c. Now and then "occasionally" is from 1530s; now or never attested from 1550s.

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