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Here’s a fascinating word with a variety of meanings:

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NONCE

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For more use the DOOR.

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   “Nonce”   Can be remembered as “once” prefaced by an “n.”

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   (1) First the OED (the Oxford Online Dictionary):

  (a)  (adj.)  a word or expression coined or used on one occasion.  Ex: “a nonce usage.”

  (b)  (as a phrase)  Ex.:  “The room had been converted for the nonce into nursery.”

  (c)  (as a noun)  [Brit. informal]  a person convicted of a sexual offense.

   (2)  Next, from Albert Jack¹:

   [begun in Victorian times] “A sex offender…kept separately from other prisoners to avoid the possibility of violent attack….[To protect other prisoners who were let out of their cells only after these offenders had been let out are were safely returned to their cells] To ensure that no mistakes  were made, prison officials would chalk the letters N-O-N-C-E  above their cell doors, standing for ‘Not on Normal Courtyard Exercise.’ There is also the suggestion that this phrase was reinforced by the expression ‘He’s in prison for a little bit of nonsense.’”

   (3) A cool game-ending play that if “CENNO” are the only tiles on your Scrabble rack, you can play them, and there are no more tiles to be drawn.

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   ¹ Albert Jack, Black Sheep and Lame Ducks” The Origins of Even More Phrases We Use Every Day (A Perigee Book [Penguin], 2007).