ad hoc

ad hoc
ad hoc
(Latin, ‘to this’) has been recorded in English since the 17c, principally as a quasi-adjective meaning ‘designated for a specific purpose’ as in an ad hoc committee or an ad hoc appointment. It should normally be printed in italic. Although strictly speaking it should not be qualified by reducing or intensifying adverbs such as fairly or very, this is common in less formal English (The arrangement seems extremely ad hoc to them), and in the 20c ad hoc has generated an array of startlingly un-Latinate derivatives such as ad-hoc-ery and ad-hoc-ism (sometimes with medial hyphen, sometimes without).

Modern English usage. 2014.

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