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Middle English alteration (probably influenced by selden seldom) of oft from Old English upo in Indo-European roots
American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
From Old English oft, probably influenced by Middle English selden.
Poor people are often sick.
Oh, well, you know people often invent things.
We choose it much more often than we should.
People are often victims of their own natures.
Some things never grew boring no matter how often they were repeated.
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