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Word of the Day: abode

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Abode is a slightly more poetic word for home. But did you know abode goes hand-in-hand with abide. Abide means to wait or to remain. From the earlier verb, biding your time means to stick around until it’s time to leave. Today abide means tolerating or even just following the rules. The past and past-participle tenses are abided. But in the sense of waiting, the past is preferably abode. So abide is waiting; abode is when you’ve waited. The place where you often wait around, so to speak, is your home.

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