Date: Wed, 23 Jul 1997 22:01:42 -0400

From: Fred Shapiro fred.shapiro[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]YALE.EDU

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.



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