TechWhirl (TECHWR-L) is a resource for technical writing and technical communications professionals of all experience levels and in all industries to share their experiences and acquire information.
For two decades, technical communicators have turned to TechWhirl to ask and answer questions about the always-changing world of technical communications, such as tools, skills, career paths, methodologies, and emerging industries. The TechWhirl Archives and magazine, created for, by and about technical writers, offer a wealth of knowledge to everyone with an interest in any aspect of technical communications.
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.
lauraj -at- fc -dot- hp -dot- com
Hewlett Packard NSMD
Ft. Collins, CO