[Ads-l] "expire", trans.?

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Tue Oct 18 19:34:18 EDT 2016


I wonder if in fact this is the trajectory:  "Your password is expired" (sounds natural to me as an adjectival passive) > "Your password has been expired (by us)" (as a verbal passive) > "We have expired your password".  Perhaps something similar happened with "disappeared" (or rather, in Spanish, "desaparecido").

LH


> On Oct 18, 2016, at 5:10 PM, Geoffrey Nathan <geoffnathan at WAYNE.EDU> wrote:
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> The use of 'expire' as a transitive verb is normal in the IT security space (as we, who live there, say). When someone is fired (RIF-ed, boxed, let go) it is sometimes necessary to deny them access to their email, file storage, access to servers, etc. When that is necessary, the password is 'expired'. I know the term has been used for many years.
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> *doffs Privacy Officer hat*
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> Geoff
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> Geoffrey S. Nathan
> WSU Information Privacy Officer
> Professor, Linguistics Program
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> Nobody at Wayne State will EVER ask you for your password. Never send it to anyone in an email, no matter how authentic the email looks.
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> I suppose if governments can disappear people, programs can expire =
> passwords.   I just got this as a
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> 
> MESSAGE FROM DROPBOX:
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> Please change your password
> 
> We expired your password as a security precaution. See our Help Center =
> for more information...
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> 
> I then googled it and found,  inter alia, the following.  (I don't know =
> if anyone other than Dropbox has the power to expire anything.)
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> https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__www.dropbox.com_help_379&d=CwIFAw&c=-dg2m7zWuuDZ0MUcV7Sdqw&r=wFp3X4Mu39hB2bf13gtz0ZpW1TsSxPIWYiZRsMFFaLQ&m=e0tL8dWm_xxJgYuTic5S2rOS3_RgMFaCCuojAXmXsLw&s=F-oDg-2q1H4a3rUy_6BkYq6P5ws7qfuI5eMbDpyUx1g&e=  <https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__www.dropbox.com_help_379&d=CwIFAw&c=-dg2m7zWuuDZ0MUcV7Sdqw&r=wFp3X4Mu39hB2bf13gtz0ZpW1TsSxPIWYiZRsMFFaLQ&m=e0tL8dWm_xxJgYuTic5S2rOS3_RgMFaCCuojAXmXsLw&s=F-oDg-2q1H4a3rUy_6BkYq6P5ws7qfuI5eMbDpyUx1g&e= >
> Why did my password expire? - Dropbox Help - Dropbox<https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__www.dropbox.com_help_379&d=CwIFAw&c=-dg2m7zWuuDZ0MUcV7Sdqw&r=wFp3X4Mu39hB2bf13gtz0ZpW1TsSxPIWYiZRsMFFaLQ&m=e0tL8dWm_xxJgYuTic5S2rOS3_RgMFaCCuojAXmXsLw&s=F-oDg-2q1H4a3rUy_6BkYq6P5ws7qfuI5eMbDpyUx1g&e= >
> www.dropbox.com
> Dropbox Help Center -- For your questions regarding Dropbox's Basic service, Dropbox Pro, and Dropbox Business
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> Why did my password expire? - Dropbox Help - Dropbox<https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__www.dropbox.com_help_379&d=CwIFAw&c=-dg2m7zWuuDZ0MUcV7Sdqw&r=wFp3X4Mu39hB2bf13gtz0ZpW1TsSxPIWYiZRsMFFaLQ&m=e0tL8dWm_xxJgYuTic5S2rOS3_RgMFaCCuojAXmXsLw&s=F-oDg-2q1H4a3rUy_6BkYq6P5ws7qfuI5eMbDpyUx1g&e= >
> www.dropbox.com
> Dropbox Help Center -- For your questions regarding Dropbox's Basic service, Dropbox Pro, and Dropbox Business
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> Why did my password expire?
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> We may expire passwords from time to time as a proactive security =
> measure to protect accounts. Accounts may be at risk if suspicious =
> account activity is detected or passwords are exposed. Passwords can be =
> exposed by a different service, phishing, or malware. You=E2=80=99ll =
> need to update your password before linking a new computer, phone, =
> tablet, or API app.
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> LH=
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