Posted by TheFallen on March 17, 2003
In Reply to: Final ultimatum posted by kate on March 17, 2003
: : What's wrong with this headline?
: : Bush Plans Final Ultimatum (cbsnews.com)
: : From Merriam-Webster online
: : Main Entry: ul·ti·ma·tum
: : Pronunciation: "&l-t&-'mA-t&m, -'mä-
: : Function: noun
: : Inflected Form(s): plural -tums or ul·ti·ma·ta /-t&/
: : Etymology: New Latin, from Medieval Latin, neuter of ultimatus final
: : Date: 1731
: : : a final proposition, condition, or demand; especially : one whose rejection will end negotiations and cause a resort to force or other direct action
: Final ultimatum - vs. maybe, opening or first ultimatum. Really...an ultimatum is an ultimatum. No need to make it final!
...unless one is dealing in the world of diplomacy and/or stage management (personally I see little difference), whereupon as has been readily shown, it's more than possible to have penultimate ultimatums (ultimata?).