Word + Quiz: ad hoc

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Word + Quiz: ad hoc

adjective: for or concerned with one specific purpose

adjective: often improvised or impromptu

adverb: for one specific case

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The term ad hoc has appeared in 168 articles on NYTimes.com in the past year, including on May 6 in “Small Clubs Are Where Rock History Is Made. How Many Will Survive?” by Ben Sisario:

In interviews with 11 independent proprietors, most said they felt crippled by uncertainty about what lies ahead. Without some form of government aid, many said, they would go out of business in six months to a year.

…. To stay afloat, and distract from gloom, operators have gotten scrappily creative. In Wichita, Kan., Adam Hartke turned his club Wave into an ad hoc food-delivery hub for local farms.

Will Eastman, the owner of U Street Music Hall, a dance club in Washington, started selling T-shirts, which became an unexpected hit — the 700 sold in the last two weeks has provided enough cash to extend the club’s life a month longer than he’d estimated.

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