put in = recommend

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at YAHOO.COM
Sun Mar 4 16:16:35 UTC 2007

_Put up,_" to propose for an honor or award" may well be historically relevant, but so far as I know, "put in" has been the prodominant U.S. form by far for many decades


Charles Doyle <cdoyle at UGA.EDU> wrote:
  ---------------------- Information from the mail header -----------------------
Sender: American Dialect Society
Poster: Charles Doyle
Subject: Re: put in = recommend

This seems like a variant of (or, at least, a structurally parallel synonym for) "put up": OED _put_ verb 1, 56j.(a) "To propose for election or adoption. Also, to propose for an honour or award" (examples from 1573-1971).


---- Original message ----
>Date: Fri, 2 Mar 2007 17:21:34 -0800
>From: Jonathan Lighter
>Subject: put in = recommend
>Meaning "Esp. _Mil._, to recommend (someone) officially for an award," virtually standard American English from WWII on, but not in OED:
> 1967 in Bill Frey _Letters from 'Nam_ (N.Y.: Warner Books, 1992) 22: I went out under heavy fire last night to bring in that wounded G.I. and I've been put in for a Bronze Star.
> WWII related cites are myriad, but I don't believe I've seen one antedating 1942.
> JL

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

No need to miss a message. Get email on-the-go
with Yahoo! Mail for Mobile. Get started.

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

More information about the Ads-l mailing list