James Smith jsmithjamessmith at YAHOO.COM
Tue Sep 13 17:50:04 UTC 2011

In the context used in your example, it seems natural to me; I would read it as fixed or limited by time, able to neither overcome nor adapt to time or change, temporary, fleeting, transient.

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--- On Tue, 9/13/11, Arnold Zwicky <zwicky at STANFORD.EDU> wrote:

> From: Arnold Zwicky <zwicky at STANFORD.EDU>
> Subject: "temporal"?
> Date: Tuesday, September 13, 2011, 10:55 AM
> 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.
> arnold
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