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From Robert Burrell Donkin <>
Subject Re: Suspending Projects
Date Wed, 18 Feb 2009 07:25:23 GMT
On Tue, Feb 17, 2009 at 2:59 PM, Noel J. Bergman <> wrote:
> Robert Burrell Donkin wrote:
>> IMO suspension is the wrong way to handle inactive podlings.
>> Suspension implies fault and punishment. Long term inactive
>> podlings should just be archived into an Attic.
> IMO, you seem to have latched onto the wrong definition of the word suspend,
> which has multiple meanings outside of the school building.  :-)
> Nor was I sugguesting its official use as defined Incubator term.  Just
> spoken, or in this case written, English.


"noun 1 the action of suspending or the condition of being suspended.
2 the system of springs and shock absorbers by which a vehicle is
supported on its wheels. 3 a mixture in which particles are dispersed
throughout a fluid."

so we're talking about meaning 1 which leads to suspend

"verb 1 halt temporarily. 2 temporarily remove (someone) from a post
as a punishment or during investigation. 3 defer or delay (an action,
event, or judgement). 4 suspended Law (of a sentence) not enforced as
long as no further offence is committed within a specified period. 5
hang from somewhere. 6 (be suspended) be dispersed in a suspension."

so, the base meaning is "halt temporarily" but the major of the
English connotations and refinements are to do with judgement or

i don't speak American well but Webster says:



1. Hang freely; "The secret police suspended their victims from the
ceiling and beat them".
2. Cause to be held in suspension in a fluid, of particles, in chemistry.
3. Bar temporarily; from school, office, etc.
4. Stop a process or a habit by imposing a freeze on it; "Suspend the
aid to the war-torn country".
5. Make inoperative or stop; "suspend payments on the loan".
6. As of a prison sentence."

which is less uniformly judgement

i still think that archive describes the actions in a much less
ambiguous and pejorative way

- robert

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