PDF as a Verb

Benjamin Zimmer bgzimmer at BABEL.LING.UPENN.EDU
Fri Feb 3 19:53:15 UTC 2006

On 2/3/06, Baker, John <JMB at stradley.com> wrote:
>         The term did not catch on immediately.  The next example I see
> is from Google Groups, 3/31/1996:  "I have made pdf's from every
> application on my machine and even gone back into my past work and pdf'd
> some old dwg/dxf files."

There are some exx from the comp.text.pdf newsgroup in 1995:

I have pdfed several of these files... (May 11 1995)
It's a shame, because there are so many good docs on the net that
could be pdfed...
(May 11 1995)
that's how I did it when I posted the un-PDF'ed form of a PDF-only
paper recently posted here... (May 23 1995)
Happy pdf'ing (or is that X'changing?) (Jun 28 1995)

Also "PDFer" from around the same time:

Sorry, PDFers, PDF is a way to get Postscript to the screen so one can
flip pages. (May 8 1995)
PDFers, Has anyone made a functional URI link using pdfmark? (Jul 27 1995)

--Ben Zimmer

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