Latin Phrase: Ad hoc
Special summer series on Latin phrases! While many of Latin words are still used in today’s English-speaking academia, not many opportunities are given for international students to learn those useful expressions thoroughly. For this summer, ISO Culture Thursday will introduce some basic Latin words every week.
Have you ever heard of the expression, “ad-hoc” committee? As one of the most commonly used Latin phrases, ad hoc means “for this” or “for this purpose (only).” ad hoc committee. It basically signifies a particular action or a solution which were not a part of the original plan but were designed to deal with the tasks or problems at hand. Because of its impromptu nature, it often exist only until when the goal has been achieved. This term is used as both an adverb and an adjective. A current example would be: “An ad hoc meeting was held to address national healthcare system problems.”