Campaign to add "concept" as a verb in M-W
Chris F. Waigl
chris at LASCRIBE.NET
Tue Apr 25 20:41:04 UTC 2006
On Tue, 2006-04-25 at 14:58 -0400, Benjamin Zimmer wrote:
> On 4/25/06, James Callan <james.callan at comcast.net> wrote:
> > The blog driving the campaign: http://verb4concept.blogspot.com/
> > The petition: http://www.petitiononline.com/Verb4C/petition.html
> > The petition's text:
> > This petition is to be used as a vehicle to lend help and support towards
> > the Verb4Concept movement. Set in motion by copywriter Ray DelSavio,
> > the goal of this movement is to get Merriam-Webster's Collegiate(r) Dictionary
> > to acknowledge and add to it's annual, the verb form of CONCEPT. By doing
> > so the "Great Book" will more accurately reflect the vast usage of the word
> > in various creative arenas as well as offer recognition to what, as creatives,
> > we do on a daily basis.
> > ONE PROPOSED DEFINITION ADDITION:
> > to con·cept (knspt) - con·cepted (knspt-ed) - con·cept-ing (knspt-ing)
> > v.
> > 1. A process whereby ideas are generated for the purpose of creatively solving
> > a problem: "The team set aside some time for concepting in order to flush out
> > some plausible directions."
> So, in addition to concepting pointless dictionary petitions,
> creatives are also busy concepting eggcorns...
I'm a little unclear about this eggcorn. Maybe they meant to say "cause
to come out" and not "give substance to" or "develop more fully".
 With the rationale that without setting aside time for, uh,
concepting, only implausible directions are likely to emerge. Thus, in
order to cajole _plausible_ directions out from wherever they are
hiding, time has to be set aside.
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