Re: Actionable

Subject: Re: Actionable
From: Ned Bedinger <doc -at- edwordsmith -dot- com>
To: David Castro <thejavaguy -at- gmail -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 08 Apr 2008 16:44:09 -0700

David Castro wrote:
> 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!

Martha's email tag line is always one of my favorites. It comes to mind
and is so apt. Managed manatees, if I read for a thousand years I doubt
I would be any closer to being in the right place at the right time to
find such condensed literature.



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