Date: Thu, 25 Jun 1998 13:03:34 -0400
From: "Bethany K. Dumas"
Subject: Re: "incent"

On Thu, 25 Jun 1998, Beverly Flanigan wrote:

> Comments for both Mark and Bethany: Backformations, like incentive, n. -->
> incent, v. are common

Of course. I don't think anyone has questioned that.

> Nor is 'grow' as tr. verb new.

I suggested that it is "relatively new," and teh evidence that I have
seen suggests that it is. I don't recall any instances in the 50s or 60s
or even 70s. I associate its use with Clinton's term in office. Can
anyone provide decades-earlier examples? I would be interested.

Again, the problem I have with these terms is strictly semantic.