[Ads-l] recruit

Shapiro, Fred fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU
Mon May 16 07:46:04 EDT 2016


In my experience both as a sports fan and as an administrator in the nonprofit sector, the verb "recruit" is often used to mean "attempt to get someone to join you," regardless of whether the person did actually join you.

Fred Shapiro



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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."


JL


JL


JL

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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