con amore was our Word of the Day on 07/29/2009. Hear the podcast!
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No matter what the object is, whether business, pleasures, or the fine arts; whoever pursues them to any purpose must do so con amore. Wise words - and the 18th-century Englishman who wrote them under the pseudonym Sir Thomas Fitzosborne may have been drawing on his own experience. At the time those words were written (around 1740), the author, whose real name was William Melmoth, had recently abandoned the practice of law to pursue his interest in writing and classical scholarship, which were apparently his true loves. In any case, by making use of con amore, a term borrowed from Italian, Melmoth gave us the first known use of the word in English prose.
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