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Without further ado vs without further adieu

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  • Without further ado and without further adieu are two phrases that are often seen but only one is correct. We will examine the meaning of the correct phrase, where it came from and some examples of its use in sentences.

    Without further ado means immediately, without any more delay. It is a phrase that is often used by people speaking before a crowd. It is a signal that the point of the gathering is now beginning or someone else is about to be introduced. The word ado was once a contraction of at do, which was a Middle English term meaning trouble, fighting or conflict. In time the word ado came to mean a fuss, hubbub, or trivial chaos. Much Ado About Nothing is a play written by Shakespeare in 1599, and is a comedy.

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    Without further adieu is an eggcorn, which is a misheard phrase, saying, lyric or slogan that retains the original meaning. Adieu is a French word that means goodbye. Presumably, someone using the phrase without further adieu is stating he would like to end a presentation or conversation without excessive goodbyes. In any case, the phrase without further adieu is incorrect.

    Examples

    So without further ado, we present the 2017 edition of pictures that sum up the experience at the Conservative Party Conference. (The Mirror)

    Without further ado, here — in chronological order — are our top musical choices for this weekend’s festival. (The San Diego Union-Tribune)

    So, without further ado, here is your guide to each sign’s most attractive qualities in a relationship, as well as their biggest dating downfalls. (Allure Magazine)

    Without further ado, let’s run down each of the 18 big-but-on-a-budget cities. (The Montana Standard)

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