from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Something to be done, especially an item on a program or list.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A task which ought to be done.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Something to be done; in the pl., a memorandum book; also, a list of items to be considered. See agenda.
- n. A church service; a ritual or liturgy. [In this sense, usually Agenda.]
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A thing to be done: usually in the plural, things to be done; duties.
- n. Especially— Matters of ecclesiastical practice; ritual or liturgy. As a collective singular, a memorandum-book.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a list of matters to be taken up (as at a meeting)
I absolutely agree that the liberal agendum is more difficult to sell, just as Reason is more difficult to sell than is fear and panic. agreed.
Similarly, agenda has taken on a singular life of its own (distinct from the near-obsolete agendum) and has given rise to the standard plural agendas.
However, the Dems should have understood that the GOP has no interest in actual governing and should have forced an agendum.
My only agendum is to make a few modest suggestions, and have a give-and-take with you that informs my future suggestions.
The agendum of the seemingly incompetent is often achieved.
I hope that Clinton's first agendum is to (re) hire those State Dept. professionals who abandoned the service rather than facing the dilemma of carrying out Bush's betrayal of long established principled policy.
Severus in despatch; Adeste si quid mihi restat agendum.
Igne et fuste potius agendum cum haereticis quam cum disputationibus; os alia loquens, &c.
Oh, and on the subject of lost Latin plurals: I have occasionally seen “agenda” treated as plural, and once or twice to my delight seen “an agendum” referred to.
Note 57: Chronica Regia Coloniensis continuatio IIa, p. 191: "ipsos vero adhuc etate puerile nec robur nec vires ad aliquid agendum habere et ideo stulte et absque discretione hoc factum attemptatum ab omnibus iudicaretur." back
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