One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The action or fact of wishing a person or thing well.
That wishes a person or people in general well; benevolent, well-disposed.
Mid 16th century; earliest use found in Thomas Cooper (c1517–1594), theologian and bishop of Winchester. From well + wishing<br>mid 16th century; earliest use found in Nicholas Udall (1504–1556), schoolmaster and playwright. From well + wishing.
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