consort, n. = "person one consorts with; associate"

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at YAHOO.COM
Tue Sep 18 14:39:06 UTC 2007

OED marks as "Obs." its primary sense, "A partner, companion, mate; a colleague in office or authority" {1419-1755}, but it may may be making a comeback in modern Inglish.  _Fox & Friends_ today described Thomas Riccio, the gentleman who taped O.J. and others using the m-word as "an O.J. consort."

  They, like, consort with one another.

  I'm s-o-o-o  o-o-o-ld  that I recall being warned never to use "cohort" in just this manner.  That was a losing battle for prescriptivism (except that I still never use it).  So watch this "synonym" too. Very hard to Google for.


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