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Revert to the proper usage of the word revert. - The Paranoid Android
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Revert to the proper usage of the word revert.
Why is it that half of my inbox is now asking me to revert back to them instead of reply?

Dictionary says:
re·vert   (r-vûrt)
intr.v. re·vert·ed, re·vert·ing, re·verts
1. To return to a former condition, practice, subject, or belief.
2. Law To return to the former owner or to the former owner's heirs. Used of money or property.
3. Genetics To undergo reversion.
[Middle English reverten, from Old French revertir, from Vulgar Latin *revertre, variant of Latin revertere : re-, re- + vertere, to turn; see wer-2 in Indo-European roots.]

It goes on to say that Since back is part of the meaning of revert, one should not say that someone reverts back to a certain type of behaviour.

If it were just the one email - I might have shrugged it off as a typo but it seems that half the company has started to substitute replying (or getting back to) with the word revert.

It irks the Grammar Nazi in me.

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wan1 From: wan1 Date: May 28th, 2008 02:40 pm (UTC) (Link)


Tautology, my dear son, is not to be tolerated eh?!!

You tell 'em!

LYL's x
paranoidandroid From: paranoidandroid Date: May 29th, 2008 09:53 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Revert!

I will not stand for it!... There is more than enough adequate seating in my office.
wan1 From: wan1 Date: May 29th, 2008 06:32 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Revert!

You are a cheeky boyyo, so you are!!

LYL's. x
thevanster From: thevanster Date: May 29th, 2008 02:27 am (UTC) (Link)
That's strange. I too noticed this today and I'm sure our companies have nothing to do with one another. I had an email from a manager in another state today (I work for Citigroup) that asked me to revert to her email as well.

paranoidandroid From: paranoidandroid Date: May 29th, 2008 09:52 am (UTC) (Link)
It's a growing desease... I think I might start pointing it out in my reverts replies.
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