Tuesday, September 10, 2013

apropos/appropriate: Common Errors in English Usage Entry for Tuesday, September 10, 2013

“Apropos,” (anglicized from the French phrase “à propos”) means relevant, connected with what has gone before; it should not be used as an all-purpose substitute for “appropriate.” It would be inappropriate, for example, to say “Your tuxedo was perfectly apropos for the opera gala.” Even though it’s not pronounced, be careful not to omit the final S in spelling “apropos.”

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