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

Dan Goncharoff thegonch at GMAIL.COM
Sun Apr 26 20:28:58 EDT 2020


Isn't 'select' just being used as a synonym for 'some'?

On Sun, Apr 26, 2020, 5:10 PM ADSGarson O'Toole <adsgarsonotoole at gmail.com>
wrote:

> 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
> Google Books Preview
>
> [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
> > > > >
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