Apropos and Appropriate

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How to use the words Apropos and Appropriate?

“Apropos,” (anglicized from the French phrase “à propos” ) means relevant, connected with what has gone before; it should not be used as an all-purpose substitute for “appropriate.”

It would be inappropriate, for example, to say “Your tuxedo was perfectly apropos for the opera gala.”

Even though it’s not pronounced, be careful not to omit the final “S” in spelling “apropos.”

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