2005/01/21 at 12:56

This is not a political post! I’m bugged by people using the word ‘inaugural’ interchangeably with ‘inauguration’ as a noun. lists this as a valid usage of ‘inaugural’, but it really bugs me. And I strongly suspect that most people using it do so simply out of laziness: ‘inaugural address’, ‘inaugural celebration’, inaugural ball’ all get truncated to just “inaugural”. I may not be right, but that doesn’t stop me from being irritated by this.