Kdm From New Zealand, joined Feb 2006, 115 posts, RR: 0 Posted (7 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 2277 times:
Maybe I am illiterate but I have just completed an internet check in on SQ and received an automated email. The email says "However, Singapore Airlines may have to re-assign seats without prior notice due to operational exigencies"
I am native English speaking and not specially stupid and yet have never come across the word "exigencies" before.
Is it wise to use such an uncommon word where any of the following could have worked just as easily.
crisis, contingency, plight, reasons
I expect it is a well educated Singaporean lawyer showing off his/her education, or before anyone else says it I am stupid.
DLPMMM From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 3592 posts, RR: 10
Reply 2, posted (7 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 2221 times:
I have seen the word many times before, but most often in regard to legal or warfare writings (where people like to sound important ).
Main Entry: ex·i·gen·cy
Pronunciation: 'ek-s&-j&n(t)-sE, ig-'zi-j&n(t)-
Inflected Form(s): plural -cies
1 : that which is required in a particular situation -- usually used in plural
2 a : the quality or state of being exigent b : a state of affairs that makes urgent demands