(of a meal) with the serving platters on the table so that all present can serve themselves.
What Is MLA Style?MLA style is the style recommended by the Modern Language Association for preparing scholarly manuscripts and student research papers. It concerns itself with the mechanics of writing, such as punctuation, quotation, and documentation of sources. MLA style has been widely used by schools, academic departments, and instructors for nearly half a century. MLA style provides writers with a system for cross-referencing their sources from their parenthetical references to their “works …
Origin of family style
An Americanism dating back to 1930–35
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