Date: Thu, 25 Jun 1998 12:44:45 -0400
From: "Bethany K. Dumas"
Subject: Re: "incent"

On Thu, 25 Jun 1998, Peter McGraw wrote:

> Gosh, I'm surprised at so many linguists (well, roughly two so far)
> rejecting "incent." C'mon, Bethany and Mark, are you sure you're not
> rationalizing (linguistifying? Or should I say "linguing"?) the secret
> prescriptivist impulses we probably all harbor?

Well, all I can tell you is that I do not perceive that to be the case.
And I try to stay on close terms with the Miss Fidditch that lives within

I don't even know whether we incent persons or things or processes. Do
you? I. e., which of the ff Ss are grammatical?

Let's incent the workers to stay on the job.

Let's incent higher production.

Let's incent winning basketball.