Clothe yourself in cloth and test your KS3 spelling skills of words beginning at cl.
"If the English language made any sense, lackadaisical would have something to do with a shortage of flowers." - Doug Larson.
Most unusual English words, no matter how nonsensical they seem, have reasonably sensible explanations. "Lackadaisical" is one such example. According to the Oxford English Dictionary, the word comes from the old phrase "Alack the day", used to express dismay about a particularly terrible day. You might never have heard the word, "alack", but you'll be familiar with its near cousin, "alas". You might even come across the rather dramatic expression, "Alack and alas!" Isn't it fascinating to see that an obsolete expression such as "Alack the day" lives on in the adjective, "lackadaisical"?
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