Paul Frank paulfrank at POST.HARVARD.EDU
Thu Dec 16 05:50:43 UTC 2010

To "embargo" a press release means stipulate a date before which media
outlets are not allowed to publish it. This common meaning is not
covered by the OED or other major English dictionaries.

"United States Department of State
Bureau for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs
International Narcotics Control Strategy Report
Volume II
Money Laundering and Financial Crimes
March 2010
Embargoed until March 1, 2010 1:00 p.m."

"NASA Sets News Conference on Astrobiology Discovery; Science Journal
Has Embargoed Details Until 2 p.m. EST On Dec. 2"

International organizations and government agencies around the world
often "embargo" their English-language press releases.



Paul Frank
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Neuchâtel, Switzerland
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