more on "gen up" and "gin up"

Mark A Mandel mam at THEWORLD.COM
Thu Nov 7 15:20:45 UTC 2002

On Tue, 5 Nov 2002, David Bergdahl wrote:

#>From Google cites, British "Gen up" seems to originate in computerspeak--the
#next generation software will have new features, hence to innovate = to gen
#up something.

British "gen" for 'information' is much older than computers, though I
have no refs at hand. That's not to contradict your suggestion, but the
older "gen" may well have fed into it.

-- Mark A. Mandel

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