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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". -- "There's no such thing as 'cool'. Everyone's just a big dork or nerd, you just have to find people who are dorky the same way you are." - overheard ICQ: 18656696 AIM Screen-Name: NikTaylor42