[Ads-l] "my first ask"

ADSGarson O'Toole adsgarsonotoole at GMAIL.COM
Fri Jan 4 21:13:16 EST 2019


There was a thread about “ask” as a noun back in January 2017 when
Wilson posted:
http://listserv.linguistlist.org/pipermail/ads-l/2017-January/145905.html
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"I do have one final _ask_ of you as your President..."
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Margaret Winters responded:
http://listserv.linguistlist.org/pipermail/ads-l/2017-January/145906.html

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As a noun, 'ask'  is common in fund-raising/development circles - the
request for a donation.
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Ben Zimmer shared some links:

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See Arnold Zwicky's 2008 Language Log post:
http://languagelog.ldc.upenn.edu/nll/?p=340

...and this one by Eric Bakovic from 2004:
http://itre.cis.upenn.edu/~myl/languagelog/archives/001331.html
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On Fri, Jan 4, 2019 at 8:51 PM ADSGarson O'Toole
<adsgarsonotoole at gmail.com> wrote:
>
> A language columnist in “The Sydney Morning Herald” discussed the
> phrase “a big ask” in 1986. The phrase was enclosed in quotation marks
> suggesting that its use may have been unfamiliar to some readers.

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