Date: Wed, 23 Jul 1997 22:01:42 -0400 From: Fred Shapiro Subject: Re: "Privilege" as a Verb Here's what I find from some quick research: It appears to me that "privileging" in the vogue use you are referring to probably originated as a Marxist term, although it may have had some non-Marxist roots as well. I find reference to "the educational opportunities privileging certain status & income-groups" in a 1977 abstract of a German article in _Sociological Abstracts_. E. D. Hirsch, Jr. published an article entitled "Privileged Criteria in Literary Evaluation" in the _Yearbook of Comparative Criticism_ in 1969, but I have not examined this article and cannot be sure of the meaning of his usage of _privileged_ here. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ ++++++++ + Fred R. Shapiro Editor + + Associate Librarian for Public Services OXFORD DICTIONARY OF AMERICAN + + Yale Law School LEGAL QUOTATIONS + + e-mail: shapiro[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] (Oxford University Press) + +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ ++++++++