Date: Tue, 29 Jul 1997 18:28:13 -0400 From: Fred Shapiro Subject: Re: "Privilege" as a Verb On Fri, 25 Jul 1997, Ron Butters wrote: > I'm still troubled about that "Marxist" label--most of the citations that Mr. > Shapiro lists have nothing to do with Marxism that I can see. Perhaps he > would care to clarify his usage? I searched many databases for early usages of the gerundial form _privileging_ (this is the only form of the word that really works as a database search). The majority of the earliest citations I found (including some I did not send to the list) appear to be from Marxist contexts. But I may be misinterpreting the evidence; perhaps Marxist usage was only one of several environments in which this meaning developed. The 1969 citation I referred to previously turns out, upon inspection, to not be a clear example of the current vogue usage. The earliest clear citation I have found is the following: 1979 _Speculum_ 54: 328 Put simply, by privileging one context at the expense of others we decide how the text's ironies should be read. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ ++++++++ + 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) + +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ ++++++++