X marry ing Y <> Y marrying X?

ronbutters at AOL.COM ronbutters at AOL.COM
Thu Sep 13 18:59:38 UTC 2007

My point, of course, was that when "blow" was redacted from " blowjob" it was "edited out" or "eliminated." Ads for penis-altering procedures normally offer to ENLARGE the member. Redaction is usually REDUCTION. If Larry is not getting penis-redaction offers, as REDACTION is normally construed.
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-----Original Message-----
From: Laurence Horn <laurence.horn at YALE.EDU>

Date:         Thu, 13 Sep 2007 12:48:00
Subject:      Re: [ADS-L] X marry               ing Y <> Y marrying X?

At 12:06 PM -0400 9/13/07, RonButters at AOL.COM wrote:
>In a message dated 9/13/07 11:53:30 AM, laurence.horn at YALE.EDU writes:
>>  >The spammers must know something about Larry that is not public knowledge.
>>  e.g. that I distinguish between reduction and redaction?
>*I* don't get any messages offering to eliminate my penis ... do you?
No, but that's not what redaction entails.
Here is AHD4:

1. The act or process of editing or revising a piece of writing;
preparation for publication.
2. An edited work; a new edition or revision.

What my spammers are offering me is definitely a new edition or
revision of my "work".

Similarly, OED includes 'revision, rearrangement' or their result in
'a new edition, an adaptation' as well as 'a shortened form'.

In context, of course, redaction could involve deletion or
elimination, but that doesn't (or at least didn't use(d) to) follow
from the meaning of the lexical item.  I wonder if the tendency to
restrict "redaction" to contexts of abridgment or elimination is
influenced by the resemblance to "reduction".


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