Philip E. Cleary philipcleary at RCN.COM
Sat Feb 9 19:56:49 UTC 2008

> But seriously, why isn't ""There are amazing abandonments in America"
> simply OED "1. The action of relinquishing to another, of giving up,
> letting go, forsaking"?

Because the word is being used in a passive sense to mean the abandoned
building itself, not the act of abandoning the building.

 From another page on the site: "Baltimore, Maryland has a number of
interesting abandonments, but none so sizable and prominent as Fort
Carroll. "


Phil Cleary

The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org

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