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ADS-L Digest - 27 Jun 1998 to 28 Jun 1998 98-06-29 00:00:07
There are 7 messages totalling 314 lines in this issue.

Topics of the day:

1. More on incent
2. Swing terms (August/September 1938)
3. "...And the Horse You Rode In On"
4. Billy B. Van, "skiddoo" and "patsy"
5. more on 'grow' (2)
6. Early GROWS 'cause to increase/develop'


Date: Sun, 28 Jun 1998 00:08:50 -0400
From: Alice Faber
Subject: More on incent

Here's a live sighting, not so much as evidence of the word's existence but
rather of what someone thinks of it, from a police procedural novel, _Murder
Book_, by Richard Rayner, Houghton Mifflin, 1997.

"Larry Murakami was chief of detectives and, to be honest, not much of a
detective. He was cool and reserved, neither truthful nor trustworthy, a small
man with dark eyes that missed very little. I liked him. He used "incent" as a
verb. Larry had been my great ally in attaining the promotion over Drew. He
kept a TV in his office to follow the news and, if he didn't get home in time,
to be sure not to miss the latest episode of Jeopardy. He was devoted to
Jeopardy because he generally knew more answers than the contestants. Politics
was his game, though he also patrolled the aisles of discount warehouses in
search of designer suits with the labels torn out, or, during the sales, Fred
Segal, with his two teenage daughters in tow. Three years running he'd won the
award for Best-Dressed Detective of the Year." (p. 85-86)

OF course, what I can't figure out is whether the narrator likes this guy
*because* he uses "incent" as a verb or despite it.

Alice Faber