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Origins of the word 'priority'

Origins of the word 'priority'

“The word priority came into the English language in the 1400s. It was singular.

It meant the very first or prior thing. It stayed singular for the next five hundred years. 

Only in the 1900s did we pluralize the term and start talking about priorities.”

“When we don’t purposefully and deliberately choose where to focus our energies and time, other people – our bosses, our colleagues, our clients, and even our families – will choose for us, and before long we’ll have lost sight of everything that is meaningful and important.”

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  • The word priority came into the English language in the 1400s.
  • It was singular, it meant the very first or prior thing and stayed singular for the next five hundred years.
  • Only in the 1900s we pluralize the term and start talking about priorities.

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