atw: Re: Appendixes vs annexes [SEC=UNCLASSIFIED]

  • From: Write Ideas <writeideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: austechwriter@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Wed, 18 Jun 2008 13:08:19 +1000

Hi Howard (S)
Roget's Thesaurus (Penguin paperback) lists 
appendix under 40n Adjunct: thing added with: 
addendum; supplement; annex; attachment; annexe 
(British spelling of annex) among others.

The Opera browser free dictionary widget brings up:

appendix n. pl. ap·pen·dix·es or ap·pen·di·ces 1. 
a. An appendage.b. A collection of supplementary 
material, usually at the end of a book.

annex n. 1. A building added on to a larger one 
or an auxiliary building situated near a main 
one.2. An addition, such as an appendix, that is 
made to a record or other document.

attachment at·tach·ment  n.1. The act of 
attaching or the condition of being attached.2. 
Something, such as a tie, band, or fastener, that 
attaches one thing to another.3. A bond, as of 
affection or loyalty; fond regard.4. a. A 
supplementary part; an accessory: bought a vacuum 
cleaner with several attachments. See Synonyms at 
.b. A supplementary document that is attached to 
a primary document: stapled two attachments to 
the memorandum.5. Law a. Legal seizure of 
property or a person.b. The writ ordering such a seizure.

Of the above, appendix is the least ambiguous, 
whereas annex refers back to appendix anyway.

So I would suggest that you stick with appendix.

Hope that helps.


Micky G
Write Ideas

At 12:24 18/06/2008, you wrote:
>I've been used to using the term 'Appendix' for material that's
>supplementary to a document. But I found in Defence that often people used
>'Annex' - and now I find that others use 'Attachment'. I'm not clear
>whether these are different names for the same thing or reflect real
>differences in structure or function. A search on the Internet has only
>added to the confusion, though I get the impression that 'Annex' may be
>commoner in America.
>Can anyone clarify this for me?

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