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What is derivation of God's speed and meaning
Submitted by Lois Brooks (Boxborough - U.S.A.)
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The original use of the phrase, c. 1470, was as an abbreviation of the phrase 'God speed you', i.e. to express a wish for the success of one who is setting out on some journey or enterprise.
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