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Taking off momentarily

8 replies

mathanxiety · 23/10/2009 17:28

I hope not. Shouldn't it be presently?

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campion · 23/10/2009 19:08

We'll know if it was momentarily. It'll be on the News

Habbibu · 23/10/2009 19:34

That's American usage - meaning "in a moment". I think it's odd, but don't know which meaning came first (and no longer have easy access to the OED...)

DadInsteadofMum · 28/10/2009 10:48

Travelling on any american airline drives me mad - I have to "debus" to board the plane and "deplane" at my destination.

PrincessFiorimonde · 28/10/2009 14:22

The best Americanisations(!) I ever heard were these (on a plane to USA):

'We will start serving beverages in about half an hour'

'We are about to start beverizing...'

'Sorry, but because of turbulence we are unable to complete beverization'

Iklboo · 28/10/2009 14:25

I'd poo me pants if momentary take off was announced

unclefester77 · 20/05/2011 18:11

oooh that REALLY annoys me. Grrr. 'In a very short time' would do instead, wouldn't it!

meditrina · 20/05/2011 18:14

To me, "momentarily" means for a moment (eg: "we will be offline momentarily" means "we shall be offline briefly") not in a moment ("we shall be offline shortly").

VictorianIce · 21/05/2011 08:35

I'm momentarily off to beverize myself.

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