pdp1@EARTHLINK.NET on sun 10 oct 04
Hi Carl, Steve...
Certainly, the point at which an 'invitation' is
written...it becomes (or may be accepted as) a noun...
If one recieves a written invitation, one has recieved an
'invite' as is a 'thing'...as is a noun ( according to
grammar considerations,) yes?
I have myself said, or heard it said of others, as..."I got
my invite to their whatever-event in the Mail the other
day." - and so on or variations...where, in use, it is a
noun and not a verb...
----- Original Message -----
From: "Carl Finch"
At 05:07 PM 10/9/2004 -0700, Ann Brink wrote:
>Hi Steve- I bet you don't use "invite" as a noun, either.
>has become really prevalent lately.
"Lately?" Heh, heh--not quite!!
From the OED:
invite, n. colloq.
[f. invite v.: cf. command, request, etc.]
1. The act of inviting; an invitation.
1659 H. L'Estrange Alliance Div. Off. 326 Bishop Cranmer...
gives him an earnest invite to England.
1778 F. Burney Diary (1842) I. 105 Everybody bowed
and accepted the invite but me..for I have no
of snapping at invites from the eminent.
1818 Lady Morgan Autobiog. (1859) 39 We have refused
two invites for to-day.
Ibid. 292 For Monday we have had three dinner invites.
1825 T. Hook Man of Many Friends in Sayings & Doings
Ser. ii. I. 279 Adepts in every little meanness or
contrivance likely to bring about an invitation
(or, as they call it with equal good taste, an
1883 C. R. Smith Retrospect. I. 21 Mr. Isaacson readily
accepted the invite.
1937 Times 28 Dec. 7/5 This little servant girl, who...
believed that she would some day receive an
to a royal ball and marry the prince, [etc.].
1968 Listener 13 June 770/1 Is it just an invite from the
colonel for a working week-end?
1970 G. F. Newman Sir, You Bastard v. 143 The four
detectives didn't await an invite into the house.
? 2. pl. (nonce-use for rime.) Attractions, baits.
1615 G. Sandys Trav. 305 The Lamprey swims to his
Lords invites [natat ad magistrum delicata murena],
The Bedel the knowne Mullet cites.