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shane

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A student in class today told me that she read in her textbook that the word 'pace' means 'sorry'. :shock:

She showed me her little electronic dictionary, and sure enough, there it was: 'Pace'; a preposition meaning sorry (my translation; it was all in Chinese).

Another boy whipped out his electronic dictionary and checked. His said the exact same thing.

I can imagine the conversation now; boy accidentally bumps into girl:

Girl: Hey! Watch where you're going!
Boy: Pace.
*confused stares all round*

So has anyone ever heard the word 'pace' used in this way? Where could the dictionary makers (and the textbook writer) have got this explanation from??
 

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I checked my Funk & Wagnalls, then I checked a couple of on-line sources. The closest I could come was this:

  • pace2
    prep.

    With the permission of; with deference to. Used to express polite or ironically polite disagreement: I have not, pace my detractors, entered into any secret negotiations. (AHD)

It seems rather quaint, and it does not mean sorry. As you can imagine, I have never heard the word used to mean sorry. Sorry.

:wink:
 
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