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Expressions that annoy you

conrad 12 10.9k 116
22 Oct 2013 1:38PM

Quote:'we will be taking off momentarily' ... crossing the Atlantic could be difficult in that case

Nah, no problem. Even if you only take 'momentarily' to have the British meaning of 'for a very short time', it's still correct because take-off doesn't last very long, it's the sustained flight that you're thinking of, but that happens after take-off.

Of course, if you really want to interpret the phrase correctly, you have to take into account the nationality of the speaker, and the fact that in the US the word 'momentarily' means ' very soon '. (As you can see from the link, even when you look up the British meaning of the word, the online Cambridge dictionary still insists on showing you that there's more than just a British meaning of the word.)

I thought you might find that interesting... Tongue

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saltireblue Plus
6 5.8k 33 Norway
22 Oct 2013 4:30PM
TV reporters, et al, who want to bring us up to speed on something or another...what's wrong with bringing us up to date?
AlanJ Plus
3 736 England
23 Oct 2013 6:37PM
Please blow into this bag sir
SlowSong Plus
7 6.2k 29 England
23 Oct 2013 6:48PM
"This is pretty, isn't it?"
otherwise called "being patronised by shop assistants in their teens" who absolutely hate what you're buying.

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