I’ll be with you momentarily

A recent trend, one that was particularly prominent in New York, is to use the word momentarily to mean “in a moment”. I’ve always frowned upon this use, believing it to instead mean “for a moment”.

So my view is that the former of the uses is correct, while the latter is wrong:

  • She muted the call momentarily to cough up a lung
  • I’m just going to mute the call to cough up a lung, but will be with you momentarily

Answers.com seems to ratify my view.

Posted by Dan, 19 June, 2007 under Life | Rules


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