[Ads-l] Efforting

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Fri Dec 29 18:28:54 EST 2017


I've heard this usage several times on cable news shows over the past year
or so.

It means to try hard.

JL

On Fri, Dec 29, 2017 at 3:24 PM, Dennis During <dcduring at gmail.com> wrote:

> Much of the usage I found for 'efforted' on Google Books seemed to me to be
> by authors to whom English was a second language.
>
> My favorite source (containing 44 pages with 'efforted', some with multiple
> instances) was this work:
> The Management Opened Junior High School During The Nine Years Compulsory
> Programe
> [image: Front Cover]
> <https://books.google.com/books?id=CTehBAAAQBAJ&
> printsec=frontcover&source=gbs_ge_summary_r&cad=0>
> Soetyono Iskandar
> <https://www.google.com/search?tbo=p&tbm=bks&q=
> inauthor:%22Soetyono+Iskandar%22>
>
>
>
>
>
>
> ​I don't think it was Google translating an Indonesian work for my benefit,
> but rather some "publisher" ("Author House") that posted an automatically
> translated work online in 2014.
>
> Century 1911 has an entry for transitive 'effort'​, with definition
> "strengthen, reinforce" and traces the term to Medieval Latin 'effortiare'.
>
>
>
> --
> Dennis C. During
>
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