PRONUNCIATION: (puhr-FOR-muh-tiv)

MEANING: adjective: Relating to a statement that functions as an action by the fact of its being uttered.

NOTES: Some examples of performative utterances are I promise, I apologize, I bet, I resign, etc. By saying I promise a person actually performs the act of promising.

ETYMOLOGY: From Old French parfournir, from par (through) + fournir (to furnish). Earliest documented use: 1922.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY: There is nothing more dangerous than a government of the many controlled by the few. -Lawrence Lessig, professor and political activist (b. 3 Jun 1961)

APERFORMATIVE - monkey-shaped