January 29, 2019
heyday (noun)
\HAY-day\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
: the time of greatest strength, popularity, or vigor
How do you use it?
Many famous musicians played at the old theater in its heyday in the 1940s, but since then it has fallen into disrepair.
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"Heyday" didn't always mean what it means today. Which of the following do you think is the original meaning of "heyday"?

When "heyday" first was used in the late 1500s, it referred to "high spirits," as in "The great game put us in a heyday." People also used "heyday" as an interjection to express great joy, surprise, or wonder. "Heyday" is no longer used in this way, but you'll sometimes come across it in the works of authors writing before the twentieth century, as in this example from Dickens' _Life and Adventures of Martin Chuzzlewit_: "‘Heyday!' asked Martin, starting at the mention of a name he knew. ‘Pray, what does he want with me?'" The current meaning of "heyday" first appeared in the mid-1700s.
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