"product" as non-manufactured

Fred Shapiro fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU
Sun Feb 6 23:52:50 UTC 2000

On Mon, 7 Feb 2000, Prof. Roly Sussex wrote:

> Does anyone have a date, place or other source for when "product"
> grew out of its "manufactured physical object" meaning and started
> to be used for financial plans, share portfolio strategies,
> mortgages, health plans and so on? It sounds like management/
> sales-speak.

I don't think your premise, that "manufactured physical object" is the
original meaning of "product," is correct.  The original meaning referred
to the result of arithmetical multiplication, and other non-manufacturing
meanings go back to at least as early as the 17th century.

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