[Ads-l] "my first ask"

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Fri Jan 4 19:11:03 EST 2019


I've been hearing "ask," n., frequently from TV newspersons for maybe a
year, maybe more. They say it instead of "request," which is boring.

JL

On Fri, Jan 4, 2019 at 4:26 PM Margaret Winters <mewinters at wayne.edu> wrote:

> Yes, I got the personal note from Ms. Pelosi too.  "ask" as a noun is
> standard development-speak and has been for decades, at least among
> university fund-raisers.
>
>
> best,
>
> Margaret
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> MARGARET E WINTERS
> Former Provost
> Professor Emerita - French and Linguistics
> Wayne State University
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> From: American Dialect Society <ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU> on behalf of
> James A. Landau <JJJRLandau at NETSCAPE.COM>
> Sent: Friday, January 4, 2019 4:18 PM
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> Subject: "my first ask"
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> (in reply to a post I unfortunately deleted and cannot locate in the
> archives)
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> At 2:07 PM today Speaker Nancy Pelosi send out a fund-raising e-mail with
> the subject line "re: my first ask"
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> - Jim Landau
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