RE: the old insure ensure assure

Subject: RE: the old insure ensure assure
From: "McLauchlan, Kevin" <Kevin -dot- McLauchlan -at- safenet-inc -dot- com>
To: "Lauren" <lauren -at- writeco -dot- net>, "Rob Hudson" <caveatrob -at- gmail -dot- com>, "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 25 Nov 2008 09:39:33 -0500

Don't at least some insurance companies try very hard to ensure
_non_-payment of claims?

As for your last paragraph, I'd put $100 on that _not_ being the case,
but I don't know who we'd get to settle the bet. The person who
perpetrated "insure" would immediately grasp at your hypothetical
explanation as at a life-preserver (face saver).

It's a good fictional argument, reasonably well-thought-out and
presented, but I wonder if anybody has ever tried it in real (or legal)

- Kevin

> -----Original Message-----
> From:
techwr-l-bounces+kevin -dot- mclauchlan=safenet-inc -dot- com -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
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>] On Behalf Of Lauren
> Sent: Monday, November 24, 2008 7:51 PM
> To: 'Rob Hudson'; 'TECHWR-L'
> Subject: RE: the old insure ensure assure
> Modern English does not really have a satisfactory distinction between
> "insure" and "ensure."
> Insurance companies "insure," but they do not have a cornered market
> the
> practice. Insurance companies ensure payment on claims made by their
> insured clients to assure that injured parties are compensated.
> If a law firm will suffer financial liability for not complying with
> IRS, then they are probably in the position of being an insurer.
There is
> some implication of financial liability with the word "insure" that is
> inferred from the word "ensure." So there may be a reason for
> "insure" that is more likely to elicit compliance than "ensure" would.
> Lauren

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