Re: Word use: Express/ed (Absurd

Subject: Re: Word use: Express/ed (Absurd
From: Laura Johnson <lauraj -at- CND -dot- HP -dot- COM>
Date: Tue, 13 Dec 1994 22:52:55 GMT

William -dot- Hartzer -at- emc2-tao -dot- fisc -dot- com wrote:
: Arlen writes:
: >(BTW, in case you haven't guessed, I think the word is "express" rather than
: >"expresed," and that...

: Arlen, you're wrong. Look at the original sentence again! The statement says
: that you (or anyone else) may not copy it unless you have the written consent
: or the (author). If you (or anyone else) are copying it(thus you have
: RECEIVED permission from the author prior to your using it), you have received
: the EXPRESSED written consent of the author.

"Expressed" works in the sentence, in a manner of speaking, but it's
not the usual phrase. The usual phrase, "express written consent", uses
"express" in its adjectival sense "definitely and explicitly stated."
The legal intent of this, I assume, is that if you have a napkin upon
which the author has written, "Sure, use my stuff," this is written
(expressed) consent, but is not express, to wit, not explicitly stated.

Laura Johnson
lauraj -at- fc -dot- hp -dot- com
Hewlett Packard NSMD
Ft. Collins, CO

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