Re: Actionable

Subject: Re: Actionable
From: "David Castro" <thejavaguy -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: "Nancy Allison" <maker -at- verizon -dot- net>
Date: Tue, 8 Apr 2008 18:53:03 -0400

On Tue, Apr 8, 2008 at 6:08 PM, Nancy Allison <maker -at- verizon -dot- net> wrote:
> 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"?
This brings back a fond memory of my late friend (and Techwr-L member
for many years), Martha Kolman-Davidson. She and I worked together
from 1997-1999, but we remained friends from then on. A few years ago,
I worked for a company that she had worked for (Modulant), and I asked
her to review a document I had worked on, as she had prior knowledge
of the company and product. (This was, of course, with management's
permission.) We had used the "managementese" term actionable, and she
alerted me to its original meaning. I actually *hadn't* know that, so
it was yet another opportunity for me to learn something from Martha.
I changed it. :-)

I sure miss having her around. Thanks for helping me to recall that
happiness-is-a-warm-puppy thought!
-David Castro
thejavaguy -at- gmail -dot- com

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