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Another source of popularity for 'actionable' could be
that the word is a cornerstone of David Allen's _Getting Things Done_ (2001),
a best-selling business book about personal productivity.
The publisher claims "over 600,000 copies in print".
Those who use Allen's method are instructed to first ask:
"Is the item actionable?" to start routing each item of stuff
in their IN basket.
<disclaimer> Yes, I'm a fan of the method, <grin> but not the word.
Allen could have rephrased: "Can you act on the item?" to style it
in an active voice. He made that common passive voice transfer of
a subject's act to an object's description.
Nancy Allison 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"?
> My 1981 Webster's Collegiate Dictionary provides only the first definition.
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