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I'm not new to the fool, but this is my first epistle here. One of my
most nails-on-the-blackboard things is perfectly good verbs made into nouns. An example is from my own profession, Purchasing
(now changed to Supply Management - don't like that, either). The verb "spend" is used to convey how much money a department or company might, well, spend. As in, "The department's SPEND last year totalled $10,000."

Does this bother other people, or is it just me?

I'll admit, my grammar isn't what it used to be; however, the above example bothers me a lot. Also, if you were to read one of our professional journals, you would discover that it was loaded with acronyms, jargon, and newly coined words and phrases like "spend." Articles could be cut in half easily by using plain words and clear, concise sentences.

If the above is a trend, I don't like it.

TonyS


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