[Ads-l] incent

ADSGarson O'Toole adsgarsonotoole at GMAIL.COM
Sun Sep 6 00:38:10 UTC 2015


JL wrote:
> I reported this some years back.
>
> How can I ever forget?

Right, linguistic trend spotter JL mentioned "to incent" in a mailing
list message date January 25, 2006 (before my time):

http://listserv.linguistlist.org/pipermail/ads-l/2006-January/056989.html

[Begin excerpt]
How many are aware that English contains a verb "to incent," meaning
"to provide with and incentive" ?  I sure didn't, at least not until
Governor George Pataki (R. -N.Y.) promised a few minutes ago to
"incent consumers" to switch to ethanol.
[End excerpt]

Garson

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