THIS RANT 11/10/96
Rant Of The Day is where I get to mouth off about whatever I feel like for however long I like. Theoretically, I'll update my whinge/opinion piece every weekday; in practice, maybe not so often.
What does 'putative' really mean?
For reasons that aren't totally clear, I've been using the word 'putative' in conversation far more than is strictly necessary recently. As it rolled off my tongue for the twelfth time the other day, it struck me that I wasn't, in actual fact, entirely sure of its meaning. Being an organised and reference-work focused kind of person, I wandered off to that old favourite, The Macquarie Dictionary, for enlightenment. This is what I found:
putative, adj. commonly regarded as such; reputed; supposed.
This was a relief, because that was pretty much what I thought it meant. Just to be on the safe side, though, I've compiled the following example sentences, in the best tradition of school grammar books. Learn them well.
- Ray Martin's putative hair is a source of national embarrassment.
- John Howard's commitment to a better life for all Australians is merely putative.
- The putative toe-sucking nymphomaniac has a new book out this month.
- Putative is as putative does.
- My putative understanding of the word 'putative' is still in doubt.
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