Date: Thu, 25 Jun 1998 11:29:34 -0400
From: "Bethany K. Dumas"
Subject: Re: "incent"

The problem I have with forms like "incent" is semantic: what EXACTLY does
it mean? It seems to me that it can mean variously "provide incentive" or
"provoke" or "fail to provide disincentive," etc.

The same thing happens with the relatively new tr verb "grow" as in "to
grow the economy" -- does it mean "improve the economy" [and, if so, by
whose standards?] or "increase the GNP" or "decrease inflation"??? Who