What is the correct spelling for the word which is phonetically spelled "vwah lah"? In usage it would be synonomous with eureka, discover, find, etc. I had thought that it was spelled "viola", but I find no dictionary references to validate my thoughts. Any help is appreciated. Thanks.


It's a French word.

No, Anon, your first guess was V I O L A, which is a musical insturment like a violin, but a bit larger. The Frence expression is V O I L A. It's actually a fairly commmon mistake, but now you know the dfference!
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Thanks so much. Oddly enough, my initial spelling was correct. Once again, the lesson of "go with your first instinct" is borne out.
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