Talk:concerning

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The first definition, in my opinion, is non-standard usage. Recently, I'm frequently hearing "concerning" in this context: "This trend is very concerning." However, this usage is very recently in widespread use, perhaps only in the last few years. I hear it most on Fox News. However, I don't believe it's a "worthy" use of the word. I'd like to know what the authoritative references are. Please provide the information with citations. This is a pet peeve of mine.

It appears in a recent (2008) and notable Hanndbook of Clinical Psychology, so the usage has reached academic circles. --EncycloPetey 04:29, 10 June 2009 (UTC)

I'm a newbie to dictionary rules/conventions. Does one academic use reflect a grammar error or a "legitimization" of a "new" definition. In other words, if the word is in use, but a new undefined sense, shouldn't it be listed with some sort of caveat? Some of the "related" words seem pretty iffy to me, also.

We don't discriminate against words. We use WT:CFI, which is a minimal set of criteria for inclusion. Our criteria permit a word to be included on the basis of a single use in an edited scholarly publication. Print dictionaries typically use more stringent criteria, in part because a print dictionary has limited space. Ultimately, Wiktionary's purpose is to describe the English language as it is spoken and written, and does not prescribe to users what words should or should not be used. Prescribing language depends on the audience with which one is trying to communicate, and Wiktionary is international with a goal of "all words in all languages" limited only by WT:CFI. --EncycloPetey 03:48, 11 June 2009 (UTC)