Defined: 1: the care that a reasonable person exercises to avoid harm to other persons or their property 2: research and analysis of a company or organization done in preparation for a business transaction (as a corporate merger or purchase of securities) NOUN
Diligence Defined: the quality of being diligent; constant, careful effort; perseverance NOUN
–Webster’s New World College Dictionary Copyright © 2010 by Wiley Publishing, Inc., Cleveland, Ohio. Used by arrangement with John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
This term came to me via my husband. He’s a Deputy Sheriff but was assigned to the Sheriff’s Information Technology section for several years. About a year ago I used it during a crisis in my neighborhood and was surprised and pleased to hear it repeated by at least three people involved! The crisis cleared up and we’re all fine thanks. But the phenomenon got me thinking that this type of word of mouth might make a fun experiment. I’ve included a page on 3freewordsaday to list test words and phrases and to publish readers’ experiments.