None of us washes our rental cars (antedating 1985)

Victor Steinbok aardvark66 at GMAIL.COM
Mon Jan 18 23:20:17 UTC 2010

What's the timeframe on "own up [to]"? Just curious...


On 1/18/2010 6:10 PM, Dave Wilton wrote:
> Note that the OED has under own, v. 1.d. the definition "orig. U.S. To be or
> feel responsible for considering or solving (a problem, issue, task, etc.)."
> and under ownership, n. 2. "orig. U.S. The fact or state of being or feeling
> responsible for solving a problem, addressing an issue, etc." These date to
> 1970 and 1977 respectively.
> This sense of "own" meaning to take responsibility for is very common in the
> military and in business. It really isn't a surprise that this Air Force
> example comes along at the same time. It clearly was a business-military
> buzzword in the 70s.

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