I wonder whether it’s ok to use “as of today” just to describe the state of things how they are now without making any assumptions about how the things were beforehand.

For instance, let’s consider a phrase: “As of today child labor is illegal almost everywhere”.

Does the usage of “as of today” necessarily imply that earlier child labor was a case?

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    i suppose strictly speaking as of today just means today
    – Toothrot
    May 11, 2019 at 18:07
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    @Toothrot, well, the answer already provided contradicts to your assumption.
    – shabunc
    May 11, 2019 at 18:09
  • Can anyone explain the number of down-votes? I’m honestly failing to see what’s wrong with my question(
    – shabunc
    May 11, 2019 at 23:41
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    you seem to be asking about something that can easily be looked up
    – Toothrot
    May 11, 2019 at 23:42
  • @Toothrot once again, your comment contradicts to the answer provided which already hinting that it’s not that simple. I lived in the US for three years and was 100% sure there’s nothing complicated with that phrase. Today I’ve been corrected and googling confused me even more.
    – shabunc
    May 11, 2019 at 23:45

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'As of today' implies (in the UK at least) that whatever it is has started today and was different before, e.g. (going back a few years) "As of today drivers and passengers in private vehicles are legally required to wear seat belts." The day before it was not a legal requirement. So, in my opinion, 'as of today' does not mean 'nowadays'

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