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From Robert Burrell Donkin <>
Subject Re: Suspending Projects
Date Wed, 18 Feb 2009 07:42:41 GMT
On Wed, Feb 18, 2009 at 2:45 AM, Niclas Hedhman <> wrote:
> On Tue, Feb 17, 2009 at 10:59 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.  :-)
> It is interesting to study the inflation of negative expressions in
> any language.

from an English perspective, this case may well have been exactly the
opposite. halt is a perfectly good germanic expression whereas suspend
is norman-ish. the connotations in the OED's definitive are pejorative
whereas websters is more agnostic. so, my thesis is that suspend
started with negative connotations and then acquired other meanings

is there a doctor in middle English in the house?

- robert

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