In Case Of vs. In the Event OfDo you break the glass in case of emergency or in the event of emergency? The phrases in case of and in the event of are both prepositions. The first one means if it should occur. The second means if or when something happens. A preposition is a word or phrase that shows a relationship between two elements in a clause. Some common prepositions are …
In Defense of the Figurative Use of LiterallyBy Rebekah Otto Recently the wordsmiths of the United States have availed themselves once again to decry the figurative use of the word literally. This particular spate of analysis finds its origins in a Reddit post titled, “We did it guys, we finally killed English,” which featured an image of Google’s definition for the word. Since that popular post, journalists and language experts have added their voices …
in lieu of, in place of; instead of: He gave us an IOU in lieu of cash.
Origin of lieu
1250–1300; < Middle French < Latin locus place; replacing Middle English liue < Old French liu < Latin; see locus
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stead; place (esp in the phrases in lieu, in lieu of)
Word Origin for lieu
C13: from Old French, ultimately from Latin locus place
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late 13c., from Old French lieu "place, position, situation, rank," from Latin locum (nominative locus) "place."
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in lieu of
see instead of.
see under instead of.
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