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Word of the Day - for Toastmasters everywhere
Friday 19th January 2018
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putative (adjective) PTU-ta-tiv

Supposed, reputed, generally assumed, thought to exist.

It will, however, probably make you feel warmer and fluffier than Boris Johnson's The Perils of the Pushy Parents , an extended, sub-Bellocian exercise in rhyming couplets exuding a weird kind of bouncy fogeyism, both written and illustrated by the Member for Henley-on-Thames and putative Mayor of London.

Martin Rowson, The Independent, 9 December 2007. The Independent

A dwarf Indian policeman rides a miniature antique motorcycle built for the youthful Prince of Wales; the putative Messiah suddenly visits his estranged mother in drag; there is a speechless villain with a conversation-pad, and the solution to the murder lies in the disposition of pieces on a chessboard.

Philip Hensher, The Spectator, 24 May 2007, The Spectator
reviewing Michael Chabon's The Yiddish Policemen's Union . Amazon

If the laws of physics are to have any sticking power at all, to be real laws, one could argue, they have to be good anywhere and at any time, including the Big Bang, the putative Creation.

Dennis Overbye, The New York Times, 18 December 2007. New York Times

The provenance of Jamison’s putative Pollocks is as follows: Lana Wolcott, the proprietor of the Antique Design Center, in Norfolk, bought them at a sheriff’s auction, a few years ago, as part of the foreclosed-on belongings of Joseph Michaud, a “wild and unfettered art dealer” from the area, she said, who has since died.

Ben McGrath, The New Yorker[/], 22 October 2007. The New Yorker

MPs on the Culture, Media and Sport select committee were conducting an inquiry into the self-regulation of the press - and how best to protect Kate from aggressive photographers. Post-Diana, newspapers and politicians are keen to be seen protecting the young royals - and putative royals - from the extremes of journalism.

Oliver Marre, [i]The Observer, 18 March 2007. The Observer

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