Coinages (part two)

Fred Shapiro fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU
Tue Jan 25 12:23:06 UTC 2000

On Thu, 20 Jan 2000 Bapopik at AOL.COM wrote:

> 01-31-1992, LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL, pg. 5B--The man who coined the word
> "privatization" told legislators Thursday that govenrments can save 10
> percent to 40 percent by contracting with private companies to provide
> services traditionally performed by govenrment.  Robert Poole, Reason
> Foundation president and a former presidential consultant... (...) Poole said
> he coined the word "privatization" in 1978 and wishes now that there was a
> simpler word to describe what he means.

A JSTOR search shows that "privatization" goes back to the 1940s, when it
was used to describe Hitler's awarding of factories, etc. to German

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