Some Latin Phrases Commonly Used in English

 Ad hoc
/ad ˈhɒk/

This is a well assimilated expression used in a variety of contexts with slightly different meanings.  It means "to this" or "for this matter".  It denotes that something is created or done for a particular limited purpose.

We formed an ad hoc committee to manage the publicity of the event.

We have taken some ad hoc measures to mitigate the immediate impact of the slowdown in the market.

The arrangement is very ad hoc.

Generally there is a space between the two words but there are users who join the two words together especially in the following interesting derivatives

adhocking/adhocing,  adhocism/ad hocism, adhocery/adhockery/ad hoc-ery, ad-hoc-ness


Even in some of the highly democratic governments, adhocracy rules.


Ad hominem /ad ˈhɒmɪnɛm/

It literally means "to the person." It often refers to an argument marked by an attack on the opponent's character rather than by answering the contentions.  It appeals to feelings or prejudices rather than intellect.  It is a diversionary tactic used in legal pleading and political rhetoric.

The political panelists on television shows make ad hominem attacks on the opposite side.

He has a habit of leveling ad hominem attacks.

Ad hominem mudslinging in the parliamentary debates should be discouraged by all the parties.

When faced with tough questions, these politicians take an ad hominem approach.


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