Won't fixing the problem

Mark Mandel thnidu at GMAIL.COM
Tue Sep 4 11:07:54 UTC 2007

On 8/26/07, Chris F Waigl <chris at lascribe.net> wrote:
> There is "do not resuscitate", mostly just as a modifier, but in the
> shortened form DNR frequent as a verb and noun.

Abbreviations have their own lives, often independent of their parents'. E.g.,
"Use your PIN number at the ATM machine." So I wouldn't consider "There's a
DNR on her chart" or "Her daughter explicitly DNRed her" (or however the
term is used as a verb or noun) in the same class as "closing or won't
fixing the bug".

-- Mark

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