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A dirge is a somber song expressing mourning or grief, such as would be appropriate for performance at a funeral. The English word "dirge" is derived from the Latin Dirige, Domine, Deus meus, in conspectu tuo viam meam ("Direct my way in your sight, O Lord my God"), the first words of the first antiphon in the Matins of the Office for the Dead. The original meaning of "dirge" in English referred to this office.

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The root of "dirge", meaning to direct, is the same as the root of the "dirigible" ("steerable") Airship. The two diverse English words would come together in 1937 as a result of the Hindenburg disastermarker.


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