RE: noun destructs

Subject: RE: noun destructs
From: "Combs, Richard" <richard -dot- combs -at- Polycom -dot- com>
To: Milan DavidoviÄ <milan -dot- lists -at- gmail -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 12 Nov 2010 07:52:04 -0800

Milan Davidovic wrote:

> On Fri, Nov 12, 2010 at 2:32 AM, Gene Kim-Eng <techwr -at- genek -dot- com> wrote:
> > "Invite" as an alternative noun to "invitation" dates back to the 1600's.
> > Everything old is new again.
>
> I was looking for information to that effect; where did you find it?

Dictionary.com says invite as a noun is "informal." But it includes this under "Word Origin & History":

invite
1530s, a back formation from invitation; as a noun variant of invitation it is attested from 1650s.
Online Etymology Dictionary, Â 2010 Douglas Harper

Interestingly, M-W.com doesn't acknowledge invite as a noun at all. I thought they were descriptivists.


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References:
noun destructs: From: Peter Neilson
Re: noun destructs: From: Gene Kim-Eng
Re: noun destructs: From: Milan Davidović

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