Re: Word use: Express/ed

Subject: Re: Word use: Express/ed
From: Jan Boomsliter <boom -at- CADENCE -dot- COM>
Date: Thu, 8 Dec 1994 11:05:03 -0800

I was going to pass up your note, to avoid adding to the hail of
responses you will receive, until I came to "I have seen this alot,
and ..." caught my eye. So here's my advice: use a dictionary to find
whether you are correct about the use of the word, "express."
While you're there, look up "alot," and the U.S. spelling of

Now that you've whetted our appetites, don't leave us hanging. Share!

I received a humourous sendup of "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" (about Newt
Gingrich, of course), and noticed a use of the word "express/ed" in a manner I
didn't think was correct. However, let the writing list be the judge. Here's
the quote:

"This work was created solely for the amusement of
the authors and should not be copied, distributed or otherwise
duplicated by any means (electronic or telepathic included) without
the expressed written consent of whoever owns the copyright to the
book the authors plagiarized to create this masterpiece."

My concern is the word "expressed": shouldn't it be "express", in the same
meaning as "I _expressly_ told you not to do that", or as one Oxford

"definitely stated, not merely implied"

I have seen this alot, and wondered if it was just ignorance, of if I had been
misinterpreting all these years, and it really was supposed to mean, as in
"he expressed his opinion".

Gwen (ggall -at- ca -dot- oracle -dot- com)

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