Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Our Terms: s-e-r-i-a-t-i-m, ,seriatim

seriatim \sir-ee-AY-tim; -AT-im\, adverb:
In a series; one after another.

Mr. and Mrs. Kenwigs thanked every lady and gentleman, seriatim, for the favour of their company.
-- Charles Dickens, Nicholas Nickelby

Two days from the opening of the impeachment debate, gangs of television crews moved through mostly deserted corridors, doling out their 15 minutes of fame seriatim as individual lawmakers stepped up to batteries of microphones.
-- New York Times, December 16, 1998

In his company one found oneself supposing, on hearing Walters handle German and Spanish, French and Italian, Dutch, Portuguese, and Russian, that his mind traveled from any one language to any other seriatim, because his mind worked that way, taking it all in.
-- William F. Buckley Jr., "Dick Walters R.I.P.", National Review, February 15, 2002

Can you use this term in a sentence? Give it a whirl in the comments section!

2 comments:

Cinnamon said...

I spend forever reading updates seriatim on Google Reader, drooling over pretty stories and book covers.

Does that actually work? Maybe I'll try that word in conversation today. I may be labeled a nut job.

I Heart Monster said...

I think it does work! I'm going to try it in a conversation today too - I'll let you know how it goes and how bad I stumble! *ahhh!*