Re: The new way to grow (WAS The new way to office)

Subject: Re: The new way to grow (WAS The new way to office)
From: aer -at- PCSI -dot- CIRRUS -dot- COM
Date: Wed, 14 Feb 1996 11:18:00 PST

Hey folks, grow up! The dictionary lists grow
as an intransitive AND a transitive verb, i.e. to cause
to grow. You've seen/read/heard it used this way
before with more familiar direct objects, you all
appear just to dislike the already very widespread usage
of "growing a business [or the economy or whatever]"
'cuz it's perhaps inelegant, i.e. less familiar.

Yaknow, that's what happens in a living language:
new lexical items, phrases, expressions, idioms,
jargon becoming common usage [wienie? geek? nerd?],
and so on and so forth, und so weiter, eccetera.

As for office as a verb, this is what's happening:
making nouns in verbs, just as we've suffered from
excessive noun stacking in techno terminology for
decades. Blame it on engineers or whoever, but
if it's become widely accepted, you prob'ly ain't
gonna make a dent in the community of users -- it's
already too late! It's called assimilation, the great
American way. Now we have "keyboarding" instead
of mere typing -- don't ask me why! I've seen "mousing"
and there'll be more, & worse, but somebody else likes
these shortcuts. ugh.

Your only revenge: coin fabulously elegant, pithy new
terms and phrases, insert them into conversation and
[unofficial?] writing, and thus make the language a
better place!


Al Rubottom /\ tel: 619.535.9505, x1737
aer -at- pcsi -dot- cirrus -dot- com /\ fax: 619.541.2260


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