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    Question 'caveat' vs 'warning'

    Hello,

    is the following use of 'caveat' as 'warning' correct?

    In summer, the newspapers carry a caveat in India, which says people should drink enough water.

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    Re: 'caveat' vs 'warning'

    No

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    Re: 'caveat' vs 'warning'

    Caveat comes from the Latin caveat emptor, let the buyer beware. Therefore some people may feel that its use should be restricted to cases in which something is being bought and sold. But a look at the CoCAE shows that caveat has become a synonym for warning, at least is AmE.

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    Re: 'caveat' vs 'warning'

    no no

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    Re: 'caveat' vs 'warning'

    Quote Originally Posted by probus View Post
    Caveat comes from the Latin caveat emptor, let the buyer beware. Therefore some people may feel that its use should be restricted to cases in which something is being bought and sold. But a look at the CoCAE shows that caveat has become a synonym for warning, at least is AmE.
    i wouldn't restrict it to marketplace warnings, but it does seem to me to be a word which is used only in serious or formal writing and to an audience that is likely to know Latin phrases. Not in casual conversation or for more general audiences.

    We have flash flood warnings, not flash flood caveats.

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    Re: 'caveat' vs 'warning'

    Quote Originally Posted by dinhchi27 View Post
    no no
    Welcome to the forums, dinhchi.

    Please read the Forum Guidelines, especially this one:

    You are welcome to answer questions posted in the Ask a Teacher forum as long as your suggestions, help, and advice reflect a good understanding of the English language.
    If you are not a teacher, you will need to state that clearly at the top of your post.



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    Re: 'caveat' vs 'warning'

    Quote Originally Posted by probus View Post
    Caveat comes from the Latin caveat emptor, let the buyer beware. Therefore some people may feel that its use should be restricted to cases in which something is being bought and sold. But a look at the CoCAE shows that caveat has become a synonym for warning, at least is AmE.
    Caveat has grown some in the last 30 years.

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