pend, v.

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Wed Nov 9 16:33:08 UTC 2011

Headline in today's Yale Daily News re "a course on the conservative alumnus' legacy" supported by the student-run William F. Buckley, Jr. Program:

Buckley course pends approval

The meaning is basically 'awaits', as sort of made clear from the post-jump headline on the article, "Course requires approval". 

The most relevant OED entry is PEND v., 5

Etymology:  Back-formation < pending adj.
Chiefly Business.
  trans. To treat as pending; to postpone deciding on or attending to; to defer.

1953    P. Frankau Winged Horse iii. i. 178   Why didn't you ask J.G. to pend it till New Year?
1970    New Scientist 16 July 134   It has done this by ‘pending’ the settlement of nine patent applications.
2003    Westchester County (N.Y.) Business Jrnl. (Nexis) 17 Mar. 15   At times, claims are pended because of coordination of benefits or other issues, and they may be delayed somewhat.

But none of these definitions or cites quite fit, although the 1970 cite comes close.  I certainly couldn't report that a course pends approval, but YMMV (especially if you're composing a headline).

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