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alliance

Alliance is a synonym for, but a much more modern word than dalliance. In the late 1960s, people who engaged in dalliances formed a group that successfully petitioned for the creation of a synonym for dalliance that dropped the leading “d.” They had nothing against the letter d personally—it, unlike, say, the letter f, being a letter of high morals—but the Organization of Dalliance-Doers (ODD) claimed that its members’ activities deserved a much higher billing in the dictionary.

Seeing that the members of this group were dedicated enough to their cause to take precious time away from their dalliances to assert their claim, the guardians of the English language granted their request and accepted alliance as a new synonym for dalliance.

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