zwicky at STANFORD.EDU
Thu Nov 20 14:41:29 UTC 2008
of the adjective "extinct". comment on www.informationweek.com of
11/20/08 story "Woolly Mammoth Genome Sequenced":
commented on Nov 20, 2008 1:10:41 AM
bring back the wooly mammoth, extinct the mexicans.
this is the transitive verb "extinct" 'make extinct'. the OED has it
in a number of senses, all extinct; the last cites (in any sense) are
from the 17th c. not in NOAD2 or AHD4.
but it's certainly alive (again) today; huge number of hits for the
passive, but some active ones too. many of the references are to the
extinction of species:
Why are tigers extincted? ... There are three main reasons for the
extinction of the tigers.
Birds Extincted since Audubon's time
Dodos question: When did the dodo bird get extincted?
Discussion on 'Who started to extinct the elephants?''
That catastrophe was practically almost enough to extinct the
plus some metaphorical extensions:
You are looking at the "extincted" cartoon page from the CartoonStock
Bush Plans to Extinct the Endangered Species Act. [language play]
The process of restructuring is to extinct the undesired responses
of the organization.
The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org
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