End of ADS-L Digest - 14 Mar 1995 to 15 Mar 1995 ************************************************ There are 10 messages totalling 200 lines in this issue. Topics of the day: 1. verb-avoidance 2. language and society text 3. Interest in expletives? (2) 4. suite /sut/ and /kup/ 5. Jesus H. Christ 6. Panel on DARE at ADS meeting 7. /kup/'s in Detroit (2) 8. French coupe' ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Date: Thu, 16 Mar 1995 00:13:49 -0800 From: Anton Sherwood Subject: verb-avoidance > This is a vaguely historical query--when did people starting saying > and (especially) writing "make use of" instead of "use"? If anyone > has any ideas about why this happened, that would be great, but I'm > mostly just wondering about when. Perhaps it came in the same invasion as a lot of other verb-avoidance devices in legalese -- "file an application" for "apply", bla bla bla. About twenty years ago I read a lament that verbs were similarly disappearing in French, being replaced by `faire' constructions. Anton Sherwood *\\* +1 415 267 0685 *\\* DASher[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]netcom.com