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Posted: 13 October 2007 05:16 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 16 ]
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No - in Rightpondia we pretty much use “momentarily” only to mean “for a moment” or “temporarily”, as in “I was momentarily speechless”. The “in a moment” or “very soon” meaning, as in “he’ll be here momentarily”, appears strictly Leftpondian as well. Two out of three British dictionaries (Collins and Chambers) suggest Rightpondians also use “momentarily” to mean “from moment to moment”, but I suspect anybody using the word in that sense would be in danger of being misunderstood ...

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Posted: 16 October 2007 01:49 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 17 ]
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There was a a bit of a todo over that phrase when the hearings were going on by journalists. They were pointing out the “political talk” usage, but most folks already felt that when they heard it, and didn’t have to be told that was what it was.

My memory was that John Dean was the one that used it. Am I right?

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Posted: 16 October 2007 06:40 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 18 ]
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One moment in time.

I think there was a song about that from the 1980’s.

:-P

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Posted: 16 October 2007 08:09 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 19 ]
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eloisabachthani - 16 October 2007 06:40 AM

One moment in time.

I think there was a song about that from the 1980’s.

Whitney Houston - 1988.  It was written specifically for NBC’s coverage of the Seoul Summer Olympics and was in the Billboard Top 40 for 11 weeks peaking at #5.

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