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#159018 - 04/24/06 09:40 AM prioritise over
Is this a valid construction? 'To prioritise one action over another ...'? It sounds a little funny to me. I feel it should just be 'to prioritise sth.' (e.g., simply 'The files were prioritised'). I have read numerous adjectives used in connection with prioritise (e.g. to prioritise one thing against another). I think it perhaps should be stated simply as 'to give sth. priority, rather than another' is what I'm getting at. I get the feeling that these corporate usages get progressively foggier. Any usages comments appreciated.
#159019 - 04/24/06 10:01 AM Re: prioritise over
I'm with you, "over another" seems redundant, since that's what prioritize means, no?_________________________
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#159020 - 04/24/06 11:10 AM Re: prioritise over
Loc: Dallas, TX
I don't know... It seems to me if your working with items in the middle of a list 123...ABC...xyz and changing the priority of C with respect to B but leaving the priority of A the same, i.e. not necessarily moving C to the top of the list but just anywhere above B that "prioritizing C over B" provides a lot more information than just "prioritizing C". The same applies for "de-prioritizing B".
#159021 - 04/24/06 11:23 AM Re: prioritise over
Loc: lower upstate New York
I agree with Myridon. I hate corporate-speak as much as the next guy, but how else are you gonna say, in as few words as possible, that you will work on C before B?
#159022 - 04/24/06 11:35 AM Re: prioritise over
Do C before B._________________________
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#159023 - 04/24/06 11:48 AM Re: prioritise over
But c'mon, you can surely see that 'prioritise' also codes additional information? For me, it signals resource issues, not just timelines: for example, I might get on with priority #2, #3, #4 and #5, having set in motion a longer-term action on the top priority. It is a truism of business to learn to discriminate between the urgent and the important; they rarely coincide.
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