Browse Definitions :

Ad hoc, ad hock, add hoc, add hock?

Writing for Business

Which is correct?
You can customize an _________ report on the fly to find the answer to a question that isn’t a part of regular reporting.
a. ad hoc
b. ad hock
c. add hoc
d. add hock


Answer: a.

Explanation:
Ad hoc is a Latin phrase meaning “for this.” We use it to refer to one-off, spontaneous events, like ad hoc analysis or an ad hoc network.

Most people that are using this phrase spell it correctly. Google survey says:

ad hoc: 29,000,000
ad hock: 30,600
add hoc: 30,500 results
add hock: 3,630 results

Nevertheless, I was surprised by the number of “ad hocks” and “add hocks” in otherwise well-written documents. Not quite so surprised, though, to notice that most seemed to be IT-related.

See a Latin phrase cheatsheet.

Test your knowledge of common Latin phrases with our quiz.

 Follow us on Twitter @tao_of_grammar

Dig Deeper on Writing for Business

Networking
Security
  • cloud security

    Cloud security, also known as 'cloud computing security,' is a set of policies, practices and controls deployed to protect ...

  • privacy impact assessment (PIA)

    A privacy impact assessment (PIA) is a method for identifying and assessing privacy risks throughout the development lifecycle of...

  • proof of concept (PoC) exploit

    A proof of concept (PoC) exploit is a nonharmful attack against a computer or network. PoC exploits are not meant to cause harm, ...

CIO
  • data collection

    Data collection is the process of gathering data for use in business decision-making, strategic planning, research and other ...

  • chief trust officer

    A chief trust officer (CTrO) in the IT industry is an executive job title given to the person responsible for building confidence...

  • green IT (green information technology)

    Green IT (green information technology) is the practice of creating and using environmentally sustainable computing resources.

HRSoftware
  • diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI)

    Diversity, equity and inclusion is a term used to describe policies and programs that promote the representation and ...

  • ADP Mobile Solutions

    ADP Mobile Solutions is a self-service mobile app that enables employees to access work records such as pay, schedules, timecards...

  • director of employee engagement

    Director of employee engagement is one of the job titles for a human resources (HR) manager who is responsible for an ...

Customer Experience
  • digital marketing

    Digital marketing is the promotion and marketing of goods and services to consumers through digital channels and electronic ...

  • contact center schedule adherence

    Contact center schedule adherence is a standard metric used in business contact centers to determine whether contact center ...

  • customer retention

    Customer retention is a metric that measures customer loyalty, or an organization's ability to retain customers over time.

Close