Prof. R. Sussex sussex at UQ.EDU.AU
Wed Jun 11 13:00:05 UTC 2003

Does anyone know when the characteristically American sense of
"momentarily" as "in a moment" first appeared? OED has a citation in
1869. One of the listeners to my weekly radio broadcasts on language
has found a citation from 1829 in an Australian explorer's journal.
The "in a moment" sense has only recently become established in this
country, parallel to the older British "for a moment".

Roly Sussex


Roly Sussex
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