Literal-Minded

Linguistic commentary from a guy who takes things too literally

Can You Task Someone with Hardening a Target?

Posted by Neal on April 9, 2004

I heard some of Condoleezza Rice’s testimony before the Sept. 11th commission on the radio yesterday, and heard her and her questioners use task again and again as a verb, as in:

(1) to task someone to do some job
(2) to task someone with doing some job
(3) to task some job to someone
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