Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Phrase of the day: pro forma

The phrase of the day is pro forma:
  1. according to form; as a matter of form; for the sake of form.
  2. Commerce. provided in advance of shipment and merely showing the description and quantity of goods shipped without terms of payment: a pro forma invoice.
  3. Accounting. indicating hypothetical financial figures based on previous business operations for estimate purposes: a pro forma balance sheet.

"The De Longs' meeting with President Hayes was largely a pro forma affair.  'He knew nothing about Arctic exploration,' Emma said, 'and was only doing his duty in having us.'"

 - Hampton Sides: In the Kingdom of Ice: The Grand and Terrible Polar Voyage of the USS Jeannette

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