late = 'died long ago'

Joel S. Berson Berson at ATT.NET
Mon Jan 21 04:54:43 UTC 2013

At 1/20/2013 04:48 PM, Jonathan Lighter wrote:
>CNN mentions that Mr. Obama quoted "the late President" in his first
>Inaugural address.
>Which President was it?
>Abraham Lincoln.

And they can't mean "recent former" either.


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