[Ads-l] Intransitive "publish"

Marc Sacks msacksg at GMAIL.COM
Wed Oct 10 15:54:13 EDT 2018


I don't think any of these examples matches the one I cited, though maybe
the 1972 entry comes close.

I read the " The newspapers do not publish on Good
Friday" example more like "The network does not broadcast after midnight."

And "This just published" is like "This just in."

I don't see "the book published last month" in quite that way. Maybe it's
middle voice, like "the book reads well"?

--Marc

On Wed, Oct 10, 2018 at 3:00 PM Ben Zimmer <bgzimmer at gmail.com> wrote:

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> Intransitive "publish" is pretty common these days. OED3 breaks it down
> into two senses: 3c (of an author, as in "publish or perish") and 3d (of a
> work -- as Vox uses it). Examples for the latter sense date back to 1849:
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> 1849   Times 13 Aug. 10/2 (advt.)    Amusement while travelling--Publishing
> monthly, one shilling each, the Railway Library.
> 1918   C. S. Lewis Let. 27 Oct. (1966) 45   He [sc. Heinemann] told me that
> John Galsworthy (who publishes with them) had seen my MS.
> 1928   Public Opinion 6 Apr. 325/1   The newspapers do not publish on Good
> Friday.
> 1972   Evening Telegram (St. John's, Newfoundland) 24 June 1/1   The
> Evening Telegram will publish Monday, June 26 which is being observed as
> Discovery Day in Newfoundland.
>
> I'd say the intransitive usage has been further popularized in the age of
> online publishing. Among journalists you typically hear things like "this
> just published" (i.e., just appeared online via publishing software), or if
> you're in a hurry, "this just pubbed."
>
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> On Wed, Oct 10, 2018 at 2:49 PM Marc Sacks <msacksg at gmail.com> wrote:
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> > I just encountered this in a "Vox" article:
> >
> > Enterprising Southern women have been trading on this platonic ideal of a
> > lifestyle forever. The latest is Reese Witherspoon, whose book *Whiskey
> in
> > a Teacup*
> > <
> >
> https://go.redirectingat.com?id=66960X1516588&xs=1&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2FWhiskey-Teacup-Reese-Witherspoon%2Fdp%2F1471166228
> > >
> > published last month.
> >
> > Shouldn't that be "was published," or is it perhaps self-published? Has
> any
> > of you encountered the transitive "publish" elsewhere? It's new to me.
> >
> >
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