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Morning vs mourning

Morning is the early part of the day, before noon. Morning is the time between midnight and noon, but most often the word is used to refer to the time period of the day between sunup and noon. Morning is also used figuratively to mean the beginning of something, the early stages of something. The word morning is derived from the Middle English word morewen.

Mourning is the expression of grief, the official period of time during which one grieves a death or the trappings of grief, such as black clothing. Mourning may be used as a noun or an adjective, the verb form is mourn. The word mourning comes from the Old English word murnung, which means grief or complaint.


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Examples

Fire crews were called to a structure fire near the town of Ellicott early Monday morning. (The Colorado Springs Gazette)

A 23-year-old city woman is dead after a crash early Sunday morning in the city on Delilah Road, police said. (The Press of Atlantic City)

A United Airlines passenger plane was forced to return to Sydney Airport on Monday morning after apparently striking a number of birds when taking off. (The Sydney Morning Herald)

“There is, among a section of the population, a kind of hysteria, a contagious mourning of the kind that I remember in 1997 after the death of the Princess of Wales.” (The Business Insider)

Not just the two-day official period following the heinous events of July 1, it’s been in mourning for over a year, as it loses its grip on a society that had been built on secularism and compassion. (The Hindu)

His pregnant fiancée, Tempest Thomas, is still mourning his death, along with that of her 8-year-old daughter, Treasure Brighon, who died two months after being burned over nearly 90 percent of her body. (The Buffalo News)

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