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Re: USAGE: "privilege" as "permission"

From:KB <khyranleander@...>
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 "priv·i·lege (prÄ&shy;v'É™-lÄ&shy;j, >>prÄ&shy;v'lÄ&shy;j) pronunciation >>
>>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 >>priest. >>5. An option to buy or sell a stock, including put, call, spread, and straddle. >>tr.v., -leged, -leg·ing, -leg·es. >>1. To grant a privilege to. >>2. To free or exempt.
>>[Middle English, from Old French, from Latin prīvilēgium, a law affecting one >>person : prīvus, single, alone + lēx, lēg-, 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. KB --------------------------------- Access over 1 million songs - Yahoo! Music Unlimited.