On Mon, 12 Jan 2009 12:23:34 -0500, Mark J. Reed <[log in to unmask]> wrote: >Even over here in the US this use of "proper" still has some currency >in technical jargon; I would not at all be surprised to see "proper >vector"/"proper value" used that way in an American mathematics paper. > But in everyday English it can never mean "own". For that we use >various forms of the related word "proprietary". > Thanks, Mark, and Larry. What about a teacher telling a class, "Everyone get back to your proper seat!" vs "Everyone get back to your own seat!" IME the first choice is (was? four decades ago?) typically British. Is it no longer?