Tuesday, March 6, 2012


AWOL (ey-wawl), adv., adj. [From the Modern English AWOL, passed through FCE and NJE.  While the reasons for the new derivation remain a mystery to etymologists, lexicographers, and decent people of good sense everywhere, the current consensus hypothesis is twofold: a combination of an attempt to appear "hip" with back-formation of "a-wall" from the OE "wall" with the Gr. prefix "a" (without), which approximates the Modern English colloquialism "off the wall."]

1. Superior, awesome, off-the-chain; bad-ass

2011 P. McGuire: "Pavel Datsyuk went absolutely AWOL that period, Edzo!"  

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