Re: PROACTIVE: It's a Word

Subject: Re: PROACTIVE: It's a Word
From: Simon North <north -at- SYNOPSYS -dot- COM>
Date: Thu, 16 Oct 1997 14:36:37 +0001

> I first saw the term proactive in Malcolm Knowles, "Self Directed
> Learning," copyrighted in 1975. In "Learning Resource L: Exercise
> in Reading a Book Proactively," he writes the following:

[snip]

> They are PROACTIVE rather than reactive learners."

and that makes it right? Do my usages in my books get raised to this
status???

I concede the citation, but he could have far correctly written:

"They are active rather than passive readers."

I fail to see the need for confusing the issue with non-standard
language use (doesn't that come from Tech Writing 101)?


Simon North north -at- synopsys -dot- com
COSSAP Technical Writer, Aachen, Germany

To be or not to be, those are the parameters.

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