The Meaning of Momentarily

I’m not the only person who can’t stand the silly mis-use of momentarily. It means for a moment, not in a moment.

I intend to stop ranting and get back to work soon. If I get back to work momentarily, another post will follow very soon after this one.

This outburst was prompted by a message in another window: “This system is momentarily unavailable.” That’s not true. The system in question has been unavailable for more than 30 minutes; that’s a lot of moments.