Re: CHAT: Hymn to Ikea (was: Re: Re: CHAT: F.L.O.E.S.
|From:||Nik Taylor <yonjuuni@...>|
|Date:||Sunday, February 29, 2004, 3:36|
Tommie L Powell wrote:
> Nik Taylor wrote:
> > In the US, "engaged" is almost never used except to mean
> >"in the state between proposal and marriage"
> I would have agreed if you had specified that you meant we
> almost never use it as a adjective except in that sense.
Sorry. You're completely right, of course. I hadn't thought about that
when I wrote it, but certainly "engage" as a verb is completely normal.
Although, as an imperative, it makes you sound like Jean-Luc Picard.
And, of course, there's the military use mentioned by Roger Mills.
"Rules of engagement" is also another common military usage, whereas, as
far as I can tell, outside of the military, "engagement" can *only* mean
"being in the state between proposal and marriage".
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