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Posted: 15 February 2008 02:33 PM   [ Ignore ]
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Probably not a deliberate coinage, but I’d never seen it in the wild before, as in:

“The exact number of beer drinkers in the world is nebulous, but we know for certain that over 35 billion gallons of beer are sold, and assumably consumed, around the world each year. Clearly, there are a lot of us beer lovers.”

from http://www.beerchurch.com

Has it surfaced before?

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Posted: 15 February 2008 02:50 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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It’s in the 1913 edition of Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary (link) and shows up in writings from the late 19th century on Google Books (link).

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Posted: 15 February 2008 05:49 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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I’d use assumedly or presumably.

Also, it probably should have commas as the drinkers aren’t presuming or assuming anything, we are. As in:

The exact number of beer drinkers in the world is nebulous, but we know for certain that over 35 billion gallons of beer are sold, and, assumedly, consumed, around the world each year.

(Sorry, I’ve spent the day copyediting. I can’t break out of the mode.)

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