obsoletified ?

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From: Derek Robinson (nnvsnu@yahoo.com)
Date: Thu Oct 05 2000 - 06:10:16 PDT

"Obsoletified"?? Gak! Surely the correct word here is
"obviate" ... Nice try
though -- I'm sure that many have noticed "obsolete"
trying to pass itself off as
a verb (especially in business writing, e.g. "The
emergence of PCs *obsoleted*
the stand-alone word processor") and have felt uneasy
about how it grates on
the ear.

obviate: (transitive verb) To prevent from occurring
by advance planning or
action; to avert, forestall, forfend, preclude, debar,
prohibit, rule out, stave off,
render obsolete. To anticipate thus avoid the need
for. To make unnecessary.


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