[Ads-l] Facebookery: _to higher_ "to raise"

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Mon Jul 16 15:37:26 EDT 2018


So, do you think that it's finally going to catch on?

On Mon, Jul 16, 2018 at 10:54 AM Laurence Horn <laurence.horn at yale.edu>
wrote:

> Once again, OED is on the case:
>
> Higher, v.
>
> 1. trans. To make higher (in various senses); to raise, elevate. Opposed
> to and frequently in conjunction with LOWER v.
> More usually expressed by raise.
>
> 1592   in Acts Privy Council (1901) XXII. 553   Yt ys alledged that the
> bridge havinge ben highered duringe the mynorytie of Sir Edward Denney..was
> latelie taken downe.
> 1703   G. Garden tr. A. Bourignon Light risen in Darkness iii. i. 6
>  These Men understand not the Scriptures.., weighing me in their false
> Scales which have no just weights, but are higher'd or lower'd according to
> their own grandeur.
> 1794   D. Steel Elements & Pract. Rigging & Seamanship I. 55   The
> upper-plate has a dove-tail on the back, that slides up and down in a
> groove..and, by a staff, made fast to its front, it is highered or lowered.
> 1831   Blackwood's Edinb. Mag. 29 980   Our high opinion..has not been
> lowered..It has—pardon the expression—been highered.
> 1861   H. Mayhew London Labour (new ed.) III. 150/1   I highered the rope
> in my yard.
> 1908   Rep. Select Comm. Home Work 130/2 in Parl. Papers (H.C. 246) VIII.
> 1   The employer sees what she has priced it at. If it does not suit him he
> lowers it or highers it.
> 2012   Birmingham Post (Nexis) 27 Sept. 21   Egress [is] made easier for
> the driver by the steering wheel being automatically highered when the
> engine is switched off and lowered again when it is started.
>
> 2. intr. To become higher, to rise; (also) to allow of being highered. Cf.
> earlier highering adj.
> rare.
>
> 1889   Birmingham Daily Post 30 Sept. 6/4   Quotations for forge and
> foundry bars are highering.
> 1905   Timber & Wood-working Machinery 18 Nov. 871/2   The table highers
> and lowers for various depths of mortise.
>
> [Suggesting, perhaps, that the transitive version is NOT rare?]
>
> LH
>
> > On Jul 16, 2018, at 12:29 AM, Wilson Gray <hwgray at GMAIL.COM> wrote:
> >
> > "we have the new train _to higher_ the crime rate"
> >
> > Probably some kind of brain-fart and not real language-change.
> > --
> > -Wilson
> > -----
> > All say, "How hard it is that we have to die!"---a strange complaint to
> > come from the mouths of people who have had to live.
> > -Mark Twain
> >
> > ------------------------------------------------------------
> > The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org
>
> ------------------------------------------------------------
> The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org
>


-- 
-Wilson
-----
All say, "How hard it is that we have to die!"---a strange complaint to
come from the mouths of people who have had to live.
-Mark Twain

------------------------------------------------------------
The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org


More information about the Ads-l mailing list