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(Shrug) Dysprosia, I'll let it be, certainly not worth an edit war, but my dictionary (American Heritage 3rd and 4th editions) lists the two terms under separate entries; that is, I still think they are two different terms, not two different forms of the same term.
I don't think they should be separate articles—including both in the same article seems sensible to me. But I still believe the article should be arranged something like this:
- Ad lib and Ad-lib are related but distinct terms. Both are abbreviations of ad libitum which is Latin for "at liberty."
- Ad lib, without a hyphen, is an adverb meaning...
- Ad-lib, with a hyphen, the commoner term, is a noun or verb meaning...
- My dictionary says them under two different terms too, but the differences between the two definitions are rather negligible, boiling down to the distinction between "ad lib" being the adj/adv term, while "ad-lib" being the noun term. What do you feel is the main distinction between the two? Dysprosia 04:56, 21 Dec 2003 (UTC)
- Collins English Dictionary lists 'ad-lib' as verb, adjective and 'ad lib' as noun, adverb.
http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ad-lib lists 'ad-lib as verb, adjective and 'ad lib' as adverb and neither as noun, which brings the reliability of that source into question. http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/ad+lib lists 'ad-lib' as verb, adjective and 'ad lib' as noun, adverb.
I wonder if we should add a few examples of well-known ad libs in film and TV by way of illustration? 23skidoo 20:31, 14 May 2006 (UTC)