Re: "baseline"

Subject: Re: "baseline"
From: Edwyn Kumar <bastion -at- telus -dot- net>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 27 Dec 2001 09:59:22 -0800

Well, "base" is an adjective or a noun, but not an adverb; hence while the
argument stated below would seem to hold some logic, it is largely specious.

"Setting a baseline" is accurate, and reads well. There are other words
available also, such as:

"Establishing a baseline. . ."
"Once the baseline is formatted and outlined. . ."
"The baseline can further influence. . ."
"The baseline figures clearly show. . ."

Once you start using it as a noun or adjective, the rest of the structure
falls into place. Depending on how many instances the word "baseline" shows
up in the manuscript, it could be a fairly extensive string search! :)

Hope some of that helps.


Edwyn Kumar
Endymion and Icarus Design
mailto:bastion -at- telus -dot- net

"THOU ART THAT" -- Upanishads

on 27/12/01 7:21 AM, Timothy Trese at Timothy -dot- G -dot- Trese -at- SAICSeals -dot- com
eloquently stated:

> Honestly, I don't see that verbing [SIC] "baseline" is such an egregious
> grammatical crime. The dictionary at my desk has "line" as a verb,
> meaning, among others, "to mark or incise with a line or lines"
> (Webster's II New Collegiate, Houghton Mifflin, 1999). So "baseline"
> would mean "to mark with a line serving as a base, as for measurement"
> or by extension, "to mark relative to some known, fixed starting point
> or conditions."

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