Sunday, June 25, 2006
Yet another verb has been adapted to today's perceived linguistic needs . . . "compete," formerly labelled and broadly considered to be an intransitive verb, is now used as a transitive verb. Want to hire or promote someone using a full and open selection process? Then you'll need to "compete the position."
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit used the phrase in a 2000 decision: "Unable to dispute that its refusal to compete the position adversely affected Cones, HHS cannot legitimately contend that it took no adverse personnel action against him."
My spot check of 3-4 dictionaries shows that this usage is yet to be formally recognized.