Vest-Pocket Vocabulary

Pre’dy, adj. cleared and ready for engagement.

Word in the Wild: After a bitter defeat at Scrabble, Seamus poured a belt of Scotch, returned the tiles to their gunmetal-grey bag, and demanded that Louis return to the predy game board for a rematch.

The OED tells us that predy was historically applied to ships that were prepared to get underway. Some people have suggested that predy‘s origins can be traced to the command “get the ship ready,” but this is unlikely since the word sounds more like pretty than ready as its variant spelling—pritie—suggests. 

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