"Allow" v. "enable"? Pick the right dictionary!

Subject: "Allow" v. "enable"? Pick the right dictionary!
From: beverly_robinson -at- datacard -dot- com
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com
Date: Wed, 8 Mar 2000 09:25:45 -0600

Coming out of lurk mode to comment on the denotation and connotation of

People who have struggled with alcoholism or other addictions (either their own
or a loved one's) are familiar with the term enabler. An enabler is a person who
covers up for the alcoholic thus enabling him or her to continue on the path to

I, too, prefer "lets" for its brevity, informality, and because it doesn't have
the bad connotations of enabling.

Returning now to lurk mode.

Beverly Robinson
Minnetonka, Minnesota
(land of 10,000 lakes and almost as many 12-step programs)

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