THE Executive Speech Coach learns from author Eleanor Dugan: To Edit or To Add?
From author Eleanor Dugan, “Fripp, we have chatted in the past about the meaning of the word "edit" — which you interpreted as "cut out" and I explained actually means to polish by adding, deleting, or changing.
On the topic of the verb "to edit," I found the following explanation in today's Word-a-Day bulletin indicating that when one edits one actually gives — and thought of you:
“Which came first, editor or edit?”
This may sound like a chicken-and-egg question, but it's not. It's easy to assume that the word editor was formed from the verb edit. In reality, the word editor came first (from Latin edere: to give out). Then we formed the verb edit from it. Words such as babysit, vaccinate, donate, all were derived from their noun forms, not vice versa."
Eleanor is also a quilter of renown. With her friends they have made and given away sleeping bags for the homeless.