Garner’s Usage Tip of the Day: venue.

venue. “Venue” = (1) the proper or a possible place for the trial of a lawsuit; or (2) the place where an event is held {the venue will be Madison Square Garden}. In sense 2, it’s a vogue word — e.g.: o “While large-market teams covet fancy venues [read ‘locations’] to boost revenues, small-market team executives say these buildings are sometimes vital for their mere survival in the league.” Tony Bizjak & Clint Swett, “Kings Not Alone in Subsidy Patch,” Sacramento Bee, 19 Jan. 1997, at A1. o “After more than 300 years, the Covent Garden piazza is still London’s most popular venue [read ‘place’] for street performers.” William A. Davis, “British Polish Up Their Reputation with Colorful, Creative Retail Shops,” Plain Dealer (Cleveland), 28 Sept. 1997, at K1. For information about the Language-Change Index click here. ——————– Quotation of the Day: “Upon the whole, then, figures of speech give no beauty to style: it is when the expression is agreeable to the sense of the speaker and his affection that we admire it.” Adam Smith, Lectures of Rhetoric and Belles Lettres 30 (1963).
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