I have found that the vast majority of web-dictionaries have a handy little thing called their “Word of the Day”. I really kind of like this…a while back I actually had one of these web-dictionaries send me their particular word of the day to my inbox. For some reason, I am no longer getting that, but I was reminded of it yesterday when I had to look something up on dictionary.com. I checked out my word, and then clicked on the “Word of the Day” portion of the site. This is what I was met with:

Word of the Day Archive
Thursday April 19, 2007

trice \TRYS\, noun:
A very short time; an instant; a moment; — used chiefly in the phrase “in a trice.”

There is no reason to doubt Alma here since so many other witnesses over the years tell similar tales . . . of the moody Mahler who would switch from eloquence to silence in a trice for no apparent reason.
— Jonathan Carr, Mahler: A Biography

Our super sleuth decided to take action and the mystery was solved in a trice.
— “Furthermore”, The Guardian, October 30, 2001

Catastrophic fires could wipe out as much as 1 million sq km of rain forest in a trice.
— Sandy M. Fernandez, “Global Concern”, Time, September 18, 2000

Trice is from Middle English (at a) trise, literally, “(at one) pull,” from trisen, “to pull,” from Middle Dutch trisen, “to hoist,” from trise, “a windlass, a pulley.”

I kind of like this word, trice . It’s not one that I’ve ever used in conversation, but I’m thinking now I should. In fact, if it weren’t for this word, I wouldn’t have been able to write this entry in such a trice.

Yup…it really is a good word.

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