truely

or truly

[troo-lee]

What does truely mean?

Truely is a form of the adverb truly, once historically accepted but now a misspelling.

Examples of truely

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Examples of truely
Its nuts to see you continue to improve this far into the game big swips, truely inspirational
@Skwigglee, February, 2018
And truely, had not the untimely death of King Vortimer himselfe also immediately succeeded, it was to be hoped, that the Saxons should never after have returned into this Iland.
William Lambarde, A Perambulation of Kent,ed., 1826
I point out the same. The left have brainwashed many. They moan about housing, services and the NHS but want more migrants. It's truely mad. Blind belief in a flawed idiology.
@rec777777, February, 2018

Where does truely come from?

It’s true: The adjective true becomes truly as an adverb, and the deleted e leads to the misspelled truely.

When the suffix -ly is attached to an adjective that ends in a vowel, that vowel is generally contracted (cf. see singly, simply, and ably). This practice has gone on since at least the 14th century. However, that rule, especially in the instance of truly, might seem unusual or counterintuitive to native and non-native English users alike. The spelling is such a widespread source of confusion that many online grammar articles attempt to clear up the matter.

It took a long time for truly to become the standard form as English spelling varied widely over the centuries. In Old English, truly is recorded as treowliche. In Middle English, we can find treweli and trewlye, among many other forms. Even the great Shakespeare rendered it truely.

The form truly settles in during the 1700s, around the time some of the first major efforts were being made to stabilize English orthography. Still, we can find truely into the 1800s, sometimes alternated with truly in the same passage, illustrating just how variable English spelling was allowed to be.

Truely is sometimes used as a given girls name, meant to aspire to the virtues of truth. On the TLC show Sister Wives, Kody and Christine Brown named their daughter Truely. Truely is also the name of Nanci Kincaid’s 2009 novel Eat, Drink, and Be From Mississippi.

Who uses truely?

Whether as a typo or genuine error, truely is widely used as a misspelling of truly in written communication, especially online, though it’s usage is still vastly outnumbered by truly.

Be mindful that misspellings of truely in formal writing (e.g., essays, resumes) will usually be judged as uneducated, unprofessional, or just sloppy writing.

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