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- to-day (archaic)
- The first component (to-) is from Middle English < Old English tō (“‘towards, for the purpose of’”) < West Germanic *to < Proto-Indo-European *do- (“‘to, toward, upward’”).
- The second component (-day) is from Middle English < Old English dæg < Proto-Germanic *dagaz < Proto-Indo-European *dʰegʰ- (“‘to burn’”). It is not related to Latin dies (which is from PIE base Proto-Indo-European *dyeu- (“‘to shine’”)), but rather to Sanskrit दाह (dāha), “‘heat’”), which came from Proto-Indo-European *dʰegʰ- (“‘to burn’”).
- Thus, today and day are not related to Spanish día, but to favor and fever.
Adverbtoday (not comparable)
- On the current day or date.
- "I want this done today."
- Today is Thursday.
- In the current era; nowadays.
- In the 1500s, people had to do things by hand, but today we have electric can openers.
on the current day
- The current day or date.
- Today is the day we'll fix this once and for all.
Today has no simple plural; the closest equivalents are phrases:
- these days
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