I met some girls last month, and recently I came in contact with one of them. And I really wanted to say something about our first meeting. Can you please tell me if the following sentence is correct and grammatical?

What an ephemeral rendezvous we had at the hotel.

  • Did you really mean ephemeral? That word is not normally used for single events. – St John of the Cross Mar 22 '13 at 8:45
  • @St John of the Cross yes... ephemeral is the word. I used this because I met these girls only for 24hrs. – user40078 Mar 22 '13 at 8:48
  • Ephemeral is wrong, because the word is not used for single events; it's used to describe phases. It would be better to use a word which describes the experience itself, like enjoyable; or perhaps brief but enjoyable. – St John of the Cross Mar 22 '13 at 8:51
  • @StJohnoftheCross I'm having trouble seeing what you mean. Ephemeral is used for objects, living creatures, and multiple or single events. Your concept that it is restricted to describing phases is simply not true. Additionally, your suggestion of enjoyable to replace ephemeral would be substituting a word that is not even remotely synonymous. I think your comments are entirely off track. – John M. Landsberg Mar 22 '13 at 9:07
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    @JohnM.Landsberg It wasn't intended to be synonymous. But you're right: writing advice is off-topic. – St John of the Cross Mar 22 '13 at 9:13

Structurally (that is, grammatically), there seems nothing wrong with the sentence (other than the fact that "what" should be capitalized, and the period should go inside the quotation marks if you're going by American usage.

But "ephemeral" means "fleeting" or "transient," and it carries a strong implication of something delicate and difficult to catch, like the ghost of a butterfly. Is that what you want to say? It's also a bit too unusual and poetic for a casual statement like this; most people wouldn't use it in light conversation.

And perhaps more important, "rendezvous" carries the implication of two people meeting (often secretly) as lovers. I suspect you really don't mean that.

  • I would think encounter was a better choice than rendevouz – mplungjan Mar 22 '13 at 9:20
  • @John M. Landsberg The intent is to impress one of the girl that I spent time intimately.Treat it like a one-liner sentence, so yes if it is poetic then I assume it is justified. – user40078 Mar 22 '13 at 10:21
  • @user40078 "I would love it if our rendezvous weren't so ephemeral" – SmokerAtStadium Mar 22 '13 at 10:54
  • 'Brief Encounter' is one lady I know's favourite film. She's never used up many tissues on 'Ephemeral Rendezvous'. – Edwin Ashworth Mar 22 '13 at 11:23

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