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Re: Vetted?

Posted by ESC on September 13, 2003

In Reply to: Vetted? posted by Bruce Kahl on September 12, 2003

: "Blair soon announced he was seeking a book deal, but several New York publishers said they were not interested. Viner said yesterday he was not concerned about the reliability of Blair's memoir. "He is very anxious that the book be well vetted, as are we," Viner said."

: Vetted?
: Webster says it means:"subject to expert appraisal or correction".
: I never heard of this word. What is the history of this word?
: Is it the same type of word as "comped"--from complimentary?

From Merriam-Webster online at http://www.m-w.com/home.htm
Main Entry: 2vet
Function: transitive verb
Inflected Form(s): vet.ted; vet.ting
Date: 1891
1 a : to provide veterinary care for (an animal) or medical care for (a person) b : to subject (a person or animal) to a physical examination or checkup
2 : to subject to expert appraisal or correction : EVALUATE
- vet.ter noun

Another reference says "vet" as: "The sense of subject to careful examination, scrutinize, evaluate, is first recorded in 1904." From "The Barnhart Concise Dictionary of Etymology" by Robert K. Barnhart (HarperCollins Publishers, New York, 1995).