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Final ultimatum

Posted by Kate on March 17, 2003

In Reply to: Final ultimatum posted by ESC on March 17, 2003

: What's wrong with this headline?

: Bush Plans Final Ultimatum (

: 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. ultimatum is an ultimatum. No need to make it final!