Date: Wed, 23 Jul 1997 12:19:55 -0400 From: Elizabeth Gibbens Subject: "Privilege" as a Verb To Everyone-- In postmodern literary criticism, it is often said that the author is "privileged" or that we "privilege" certain writers over others. Is anyone familiar with the early uses of the word with this sense? Could you share your citations and observations about it with me? Mr. Safire wants to write about this verb in an upcoming column. Thank you. Elizabeth Gibbens Elizabeth Gibbens Researcher William Safire's "On Language" The New York Times