[Ads-l] incent

ADSGarson O'Toole adsgarsonotoole at GMAIL.COM
Sun Sep 6 00:38:10 UTC 2015

JL wrote:
> I reported this some years back.
> How can I ever forget?

Right, linguistic trend spotter JL mentioned "to incent" in a mailing
list message date January 25, 2006 (before my time):


[Begin excerpt]
How many are aware that English contains a verb "to incent," meaning
"to provide with and incentive" ?  I sure didn't, at least not until
Governor George Pataki (R. -N.Y.) promised a few minutes ago to
"incent consumers" to switch to ethanol.
[End excerpt]


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