- George Will wrote a column some time ago summarizing pet peeves relating
to word usage and I've seen others but then I caught George using "apt" for
"likely" and vice versa later on.
This is a small thing but I note that Voegelin, who is so precise in his
language that I'm tempted to think he's right and I'm wrong, uses "apt"
almost constantly in the 1952 _The New Science of Politics_ and occasionally
elsewhere in his writings. Am I wrong in my evaluation of the incorrectness
of this usage? Is it just a quirk? I suspect Paul Caringella would set me
straight on this. Are you there, Dr. Caringella? Just something I'd like
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- It's apt to rain this afternoon, according to the weather man. In New
Orleans, too, maybe.
Perfectly good usage according the Webster, meaning 2. Ellis