Issue 184, page
Recently I've had to make
several telephone calls to customer service representatives. All the calls
went something like this one:
Service rep: First,
I have your social security number here. Would you mind validating it
Ms. Dwyer: Not
Service rep: Hello?
Ms. Dwyer: Yes?
Service rep: Your
social security number... what is it?
Ms. Dwyer: I'm
sorry, I thought I was supposed to validate it.
So did I.
Well if you don't tell me what it is, how can I validate it?
Eventually, after the
meaning of the word validate had been duly explained, communication
was established and the correctness of my SSN confirmed. Then:
Now, would you mind validating your date of birth?
According to our dictionaries to
validate means "to confirm the correctness of" so we guess
Barb has a point. [Ouch!]
Have you heard or read
similar or equally distressing usages?
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