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Saturday, May 07, 2005

extempore

\ik-STEM-puh-ree\ , adverb;
1.
Without premeditation or preparation; on the spur of the moment.
adjective:
1.
Done or performed extempore.
Quotes:
Kelso had already delivered his short paper, on Stalin and the archives, at the end of the previous day: delivered it in his trademark style--without notes, with one hand in his pocket, extempore, provocative.
-- Robert Harris, Archangel
Ruskin's Oxford lecture series ended up as a dismaying mix of extempore ramblings and calculated farce.
-- Valentine Cunningham, "A Victorian Renaissance Man", New York Times, May 14, 2000
Origin:
Extempore is from the Latin phrase ex tempore, "out of the time," therefore "immediately, at the very time the occasion arises."
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