Arnold Zwicky zwicky at STANFORD.EDU
Tue Sep 13 16:55:26 UTC 2011

Alessandra Stanley on the tv series "Entourage", in the Arts section of the NYT on September 12:

 Some fans complained that "Entourage" grew stale, but actually it's remarkable how fresh the series managed to stay given how temporal its setting.

(this is from the hard copy; it's the same on-line, i now see.)

is this a malaprop (of some kind) for "contemporary"?  or is there a current sense of "temporal" here i'm not aware of?

OED2 has

  6. In general sense: Of, pertaining, or relating to time, the present time, or a particular time. [with the most recent cite in 1906]

which would embrace (under "the present time") Stanley's use, but it still seems odd to me.


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