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What's the origin of the word "right?"


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Good question! The word "right" comes from the Old English "riht," whose original meaning was "straight." It had the meaning of not crooked, direct AND also "good" and "correct." Thus, you will hear people use "right" to mean "good," "moral," or "correct." Ex: I'm proud of you for doing the right thing. Ex: It's not easy to do the right thing all the time, but it's worth it.

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