Results 1 to 3 of 3
  1. #1
    vkhu is offline Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Student or Learner
      • Native Language:
      • Vietnamese
      • Home Country:
      • Vietnam
      • Current Location:
      • Vietnam
    Join Date
    Nov 2011
    Posts
    191

    It turned out to be academic/advanced warning

    Can anyone tell me what the part in bold mean? I know the word individually but the meaning I know can hardly fit into this context


    "the copy that was originally hand delivered by Paul Knight himself, the one marked “Eyes Only” for the director…it was found at the bottom of the desk of a clerk in the San Antonio field office of the FBI, three years after the Great Panic. It turned out to be academic because right after I was transferred, Israel went public with its statement of “Voluntary Quarantine.” Suddenly the time for advanced warning was over. The facts were out; it was now a question of who would believe them."
    ~Max Brooks, World War Z

  2. #2
    Nehushtan's Avatar
    Nehushtan is offline Junior Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Interested in Language
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • UK
      • Current Location:
      • Europe
    Join Date
    Mar 2013
    Posts
    64

    Re: “It turned out to be academic” / “Advanced warning”

    turned out to be academic = turned out to be of little or no real importance

    advanced warning = warning about an event given in good time for you to take action

  3. #3
    Tdol is offline Editor, UsingEnglish.com
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • UK
      • Current Location:
      • Japan
    Join Date
    Nov 2002
    Posts
    74,120

    Re: “It turned out to be academic” / “Advanced warning”

    I'd use advance warning for that.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •