Re: USAGE: "privilege" as "permission"
|Date:||Sunday, November 26, 2006, 6:11|
>>As for 'I give you privilege':
>>"privilege (canon law)
>>Privilege in Canon law is the legal concept whereby someone is exempt from the
>>ordinary operation of the law for some specific purpose.
>>And the definition of the term is "privÂ·iÂ·lege (prÄ­v'É-lÄ­j,
>>1. A special advantage, immunity, permission, right, or benefit granted to or
>>enjoyed by an individual, class, or caste. See synonyms at right.
>>2. Such an advantage, immunity, or right held as a prerogative of status or
>>rank, and exercised to the exclusion or detriment of others.
>>3. The principle of granting and maintaining a special right or immunity: a
>>society based on privilege.
>>4. Law. The right to privileged communication in a confidential relationship,
>>as between client and attorney, patient and physician, or communicant and
>>5. An option to buy or sell a stock, including put, call, spread, and straddle.
>>tr.v., -leged, -legÂ·ing, -legÂ·es.
>>1. To grant a privilege to.
>>2. To free or exempt.
>>[Middle English, from Old French, from Latin prÄ«vilÄgium, a law affecting one
>>person : prÄ«vus, single, alone + lÄx, lÄg-, law.]"
Actually, I've run into modern usages rather close to your phrase. A common
phrase for having access to an account on a specific server is "to have
privileges on that machine", but I've often heard that shortened by tech
support people who tell someone "you have privilege(s)", though admittedly the
S is there more often than not -- in fact, think I've only heard the singular
ending once or twice. Whichever is used, though, often leads to "How do I get
privilege(s)", "There, I gave you privilege(s)," and similar phrases.
Also have heard something similar from my friends who've been in the military
on some subject or another, but can't recall the context.
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