Date: Thu, 25 Jun 1998 16:10:58 -0400
From: "Bethany K. Dumas"
Subject: re 'grow' + abstract obj.

Thanks, Beverly.

Of course, when I cited the "relatively new" sense of tr. 'grow' I did
not intend to include agriculture. We have, so far as I know, always
grown plants. (At least, I have personal evidence that we have "raised"
crops since at least 1940, for my family tell an anecdote about me when
I was about 3 that includes 'raise' in that sense.) (And when did we start
raisin' hell? Or cain?)

What we appear not to have done until recently, is 'grow' abstract
entities like the economy.

However, I have been told that there is an OED cite from 1481 that may
provide evidence otherwise. I have not checked it out yet.