[Ads-l] select, adj. = certain, particular

ADSGarson O'Toole adsgarsonotoole at GMAIL.COM
Sun Apr 26 17:09:52 EDT 2020


The following citation uses the phrase "select regions".
The regions are not really being selected in a traditional sense.
The connotation is negative not positive.

Year: 2001
Title: Distributed Generation: The Power Paradigm for the New Millennium
Editors: Anne-Marie Borbely, Jan F. Kreider
Publisher; CRC Press, Boca Raton, Florida
Quote Page 9
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[Begin excerpt]
Although National Electric Reliability Council (NERC) reliability
studies show adequate transmission and generation capacity to maintain
reliability through 2002, regional disturbances caused by insufficient
transfer capability have already occurred in select regions (e.g.,
Midwest, Northeast, and California).
[End excerpt]

The following citation also uses the phrase "select regions".
The regions are selected, but only in a weak retroactive sense.
The connotation is negative not positive.

Title: AT&T blames slow iPhone 4 uploads on Alcatel-Lucent
Author: Marguerite Reardon
Timestamp: July 7, 2010 11:16 a.m. PT
https://www.cnet.com/news/at-t-blames-slow-iphone-4-uploads-on-alcatel-lucent/

[Begin excerpt]
AT&T doesn't use Alcatel-Lucent gear in every part of its network,
which explains why the problem only occurred in select regions of the
country, such as, New York, Philadelphia, Washington D.C., Salt Lake
City, and Seattle.
[End excerpt]

On Sun, Apr 26, 2020 at 11:07 AM Laurence Horn <laurence.horn at yale.edu> wrote:
>
> Well, as the proverb has it, "Man infects, God selects".
>
> LH
>
> On Sun, Apr 26, 2020 at 10:13 AM Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at gmail.com>
> wrote:
>
> > Very true, Nancy.  But in cases like that, somebody, after at least
> > minimal consideration, has decided just which items will be discounted or
> > whatever.
> >
> > No human considers and then chooses which regions will experience an
> > epidemic.
> >
> > Yet.
> >
> > JL
> >
> > On Sat, Apr 25, 2020 at 7:51 PM Nancy Friedman <wordworking at gmail.com>
> > wrote:
> >
> > > It's been used this way ( = "selected") in retail for many years.
> > >
> > > "Save on select paint"
> > > https://www.lowes.com/pl/Save-on-select-paint/1255139939
> > > "Price reductions on select Azure services"
> > >
> > >
> > https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/microsoft-offers-price-reductions-on-select-azure-services/
> > > "Free shipping on select items" https://www.michaels.com/shipsforfree
> > >
> > > Discussion from 2012:
> > >
> > >
> > https://english.stackexchange.com/questions/57905/is-there-a-difference-between-select-and-selected/144716
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > > Nancy Friedman
> > > Chief Wordworker
> > > www.wordworking.com
> > > http://nancyfriedman.typepad.com
> > > tel 510 652-4159
> > > cel 510 304-3953
> > > twitter/instagram  Fritinancy
> > >
> > >
> > > On Sat, Apr 25, 2020 at 4:42 PM Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at gmail.com
> > >
> > > wrote:
> > >
> > > > USA Today
> > > > https://news.yahoo.com/fact-check-second-wave-spanish-151154154.html :
> > > >
> > > > "These waves [of influenza] started in March 1918 and ended in the
> > summer
> > > > 1919, according to the CDC. Some believe a fourth wave happened in
> > select
> > > > regions in 1920."
> > > >
> > > > I've seen this usage before in the past year or two, but thought it too
> > > > dumb to report.
> > > >
> > > > Jon's Law  "No semantic novelty is too dumb to report."
> > > >
> > > > JL
> > > >
> > > > --
> > > > "If the truth is half as bad as I think it is, you can't handle the
> > > truth."
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