One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
- ‘Tom says their leader demanded officiously: ‘Have you got a permit for that?"’
- ‘That was true of France, and might have been true of Germany had it been less officiously policed.’
- ‘‘I've just been talking to the Head of Accounting,’ he says officiously, ‘and this man here is to audit all equipment with any query against it.’’
- ‘There was an understanding as to what the CIA's position was, and it would no doubt have been considered gross insubordination if the CIA officiously tried to raise the issue again.’
- ‘Vindicated, the Health Officer officiously resumed rounding up the ‘scamps’ who did not comply.’
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