[Ads-l] recruit

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Sun May 15 20:36:49 EDT 2016


I wonder where and when the new use began.  It's standard in academia--the grad students you've accepted and haven't yet agreed or declined to join the department are recruits (at open houses, for example).  But I assume it's standard in business in similar uses.  Maybe the chronology for the noun is different from that for the verb.

LH

> On May 15, 2016, at 8:20 PM, Joel Berson <berson at ATT.NET> wrote:
> 
> I'm impressed.
> 
> Joel
> 
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>      From: Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM>
> To: ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU 
> Sent: Sunday, May 15, 2016 7:52 PM
> Subject: Re: [ADS-L] recruit
> 
> Not in OED.  Therefore interesting.
> 
> Traditionally, you "recruit" someone only when they join you.  Before
> that, they haven't been "recruited."
> 
> If you invite or interview them, and they say "No thanks!" they
> haven't been "recruited."
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> JL
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> JL
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> JL
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> On Sun, May 15, 2016 at 6:41 PM, Dan Goncharoff <thegonch at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Why is this interesting? This usage has been around all century.
>> On May 15, 2016 7:54 AM, "Jonathan Lighter" <wuxxmupp2000 at gmail.com> wrote:
>> 
>>> CNN reports confidently that Mark Cuban was "recruited" to run as a
>>> third-party candidate.  He declined.
>>> 
>>> I.e., "solicited or interviewed for a possible position."
>>> 
>>> JL
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