posted by Casey on .
could someone tell me if i used intimation in the following sentence correctly:
The intimation that came over the loudspeaker reminded the students of the upcoming dance.
intimation? Do you mean information?
no, intimation is the word
Intimation means a "suggestion", usually done quietly. I don't believe I have ever heard an imtimation over a loudspeaker.
Then it is not used correctly.
It means to make clear without being direct.
Papa's intimation was that if I applied to Vassar, he would fund it, although he never actually said that, I understood him clearly. I am going to Vassar.
my dictionary said to announce or notify.
what if i said:
The intimation from Billy's mood made Susy think he was mad at her.
That's closer but still not right. Read the definitions and example sentences here and let us know what you think.
I would say Billy's actions instead of mood... it would make the meaning clearer.
ok...what about this:
My mother gave me the intimation that I would be able drive to school if the weather was good; though, she didn't tell that to me directly, it was hidden under her words.
You should use GuruBlue's suggestion and write this:
"The intimation from Billy's actions made Susy think he was mad at her."
It's better than your last sentence, which is really a couple of run-ons!