author, the verb part 2

Subject: author, the verb part 2
From: Becca Price <RP51 -at- CHRYSLER -dot- COM>
Date: Thu, 29 May 1997 19:46:06 EDT

*** Reply to note of 05/29/97 19:22
Roy Constible wrote:
>>re this weird ongoing discussion about "to author" and "to parent" and every
other attempt at changing the language to emphasize a particular occupation
or action. This illiteracy is nothing more than laziness <snip>

I'm going to beg to differ with you on this one, Roy. "To parent" is
a respectable back-formation of "parenting." I can't think of an existing
synonym for "to parent" so it meets the test of parsimony (don't coin
a new word when a perfectly good existing one will do.).

OTOH, at Ford the word "productize" is used to describe the process of taking
a concept and making it into a viable product. there is no existing word
that fills the need, but I still consider it an abomination.


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