Re: How did the Spelling Police miss this one?
Steven Cole (email@example.com)
24 Apr 2003 09:47:34 -0600
On Thu, 2003-04-24 at 09:09, firstname.lastname@example.org
> On Thu, Apr 24, 2003 at 10:46:06AM -0400, Timothy Miller wrote:
> > On the other hand, "canonicalize", while strange and new, unambiguously
> > means (b).
> > Is there an already-existing word which means (b)?
> % webster normalize
> nor-mal-ize \'no[0xC7]r-me-,l[0xF5]^-z\ vt -ized; -iz-ing
> 1: to make conform to or reduce to a norm or standard
> 2: to make normal (as by a transformation of variables)
> 3: to bring or restore (as relations between countries) to a normal
Thanks Al. I've been looking for a good English substitute for
"rapprochement" (in the spirit of Freedom Fries). Sense 3 shows that
"normalize" is clearly a candidate, but it lacks the same panache. ;)
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