godsend » god’s end

Variant(s):  gods end, gods-end

Classification: English – resyllabification

Spotted in the wild:

  • See? This lady was a Gods-end to me. How could we possibly have so many interests in common? (Spring.net Geo conference, Feb. 22, 2000)
  • You know, in a way it’s a god’s end. That I lost my password. This made me to go on a little vacation. (The Iraq War Was Wrong blog, Apr. 16, 2005)
  • Aceh is a source of income, a place to loot. The tsunami is a gods end for them; the foreign aid is a new source of loot. (The News (Pakistan), June 7, 2005)
  • For my work, there’s a clear and obvious need to know if this machine is useful - and the try-60-days program is a gods-end. (The Daily Irrelevant blog comment, Mar. 26, 2006)
  • My one comes with built in Speed Camera alerts, so is a god’s end when your not in a familiar area, not that I speed! (Airliners.net forum, May 12, 2006)

Analyzed or reported by:

This is perhaps semantically justified by thinking of the thing/event bringing good fortune not as something sent from God, but as an “end” (result or outcome) of God.

| link | entered by Ben Zimmer, 2006/05/20 |


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    Commentary by John , 2006/05/20 at 10:00 am

    Since English is my second language, I’m not sure if my comment is worthy of a citatioon here :-)

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