July 09, 2016
occasionally (noun)
\uh-KAY-zhuh-nul-ee\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
: from time to time
How do you use it?
"Mainly he had learned that he could, occasionally at least, jump from his cage and wander around without incurring any anger or injury." (Robert C. O'Brien, _Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH_)
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At the root of "occasionally" we find the Latin root "cadere." What do you think "cadere" means?

"Occasionally" and its close relative "occasional" stem from "occasion." All three words ultimately trace to the Latin "cadere," meaning "to fall." Some members of the "cadere" family have a more obvious relationship to physically falling than does "occasionally." For example "chute" means "waterfall," and "cadence" refers to a falling inflection of the voice. Other members of the "cadere" family, like "occasionally," have more to do with the unexpected happening, or falling, of events. Words in this group include "accident," "chance," and "incident." Correct answer: A
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