Subject: Actionable
From: "Nancy Allison" <maker -at- verizon -dot- net>
To: <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 08 Apr 2008 18:08:45 -0400

When did this word go from meaning "subject to or affording ground for an
action or suit at law" to "something that can be acted on"?

My 1981 Webster's Collegiate Dictionary provides only the first definition.

It cracks me up when I find the term in the usual turgid official prose in
what is evidently intended to be the second sense. Example:

"The Executive Committee will follow clearly defined process that is timely,
cost-effective, and actionable."

Do I betray my advancing age? Very well then, so be it!



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