Careful Words

odds (n.)

odds (adv.)

odds (adj.)

To every man upon this earth

Death cometh soon or late;

And how can man die better

Than facing fearful odds

For the ashes of his fathers

And the temples of his gods?

Thomas B Macaulay (1800-1859): Lays of Ancient Rome. Horatius, xxvii.

Odds life! must one swear to the truth of a song?

Matthew Prior (1664-1721): A Better Answer.

Macb.      What is the night?

L. Macb.  Almost at odds with morning, which is which.

William Shakespeare (1564-1616): Macbeth. Act iii. Sc. 4.