7/4/11

Alacrity

Alacrity

Pronounced:
<a-lack-rit-tee>
Cheerful willingness. 

My use:
I accept your invitation with alacrity.  It will be a great party!

Literary use:
By Mark Twain
Tom gave up the brush with reluctance in his face but alacrity in his heart

Means:
Tom gave up the brush with a "I do not want to give it up" expression on his face but a "happy to give it up" feeling inside.

Memory trick:

alacr
ity
a (reminds of) = a
lac (reminds of) = lack (things we don't have)
r (reminds of) = are
itty (reminds of) = itty (small)
a lack are itty
our lacks are small because we are cheerful

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