Ann Burlingham ann at BURLINGHAMBOOKS.COM
Mon Jun 22 19:05:16 UTC 2009

On Fri, Jun 19, 2009 at 8:59 AM, Jonathan Lighter<wuxxmupp2000 at> wrote:
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> Subject:      fraught
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> I can't find it in the Archives.  Short for "fraught with difficulties or
> complications." Here's an ex. from a learned colleague:
> 2009 Brian Boyd _On the Origin of Stories_ (Cambridge: Belknap) 56: If
> cooperation is is fairly easy to establish, yet already fraught, among close
> kin, how can it extend even among non-kin?
> No earlier instance of "fraught" in the book.  My impression is that it's
> becoming a bit faddish in the media.

"That seems a bit fraught" feels just fine to me.

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