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We met with Obama at our offices (I was publisher of Times Books, which was then an imprint of random House).
random House is also the publisher for Fifty Shades of Grey and is fighting bans in Georgia and Wisconsin.
“We are looking at it as random isolated cases,” he told The Daily Beast.
The English site launched in January, and now random House has released it as a collection of the best anecdotes.
He rambled at random with the uncertain step caused by solitude.
I opened the Bible at random and my eye caught the word "misery."
These cases, however, must not be cited in our Courts at random, as has too frequently been done.
Now she steadies her voice, though she must answer at random.
But half an hour later the trail seemed to melt away, and after a vain search for it the boys pushed on at random.
"having no definite aim or purpose," 1650s, from at random (1560s), "at great speed" (thus, "carelessly, haphazardly"), alteration of Middle English noun randon "impetuosity, speed" (c.1300), from Old French randon "rush, disorder, force, impetuosity," from randir "to run fast," from Frankish *rant "a running" or some other Germanic source, from Proto-Germanic *randa (cf. Old High German rennen "to run," Old English rinnan "to flow, to run;" see run (v.)).
In 1980s U.S. college student slang it began to acquire a sense of "inferior, undesirable." (A 1980 William Safire column describes it as a college slang noun meaning "person who does not belong on our dormitory floor.") Random access in reference to computer memory is recorded from 1953. Related: Randomly; randomness.