Word of the Day: redact
origin: from Middle English, from the Latin "redact", meaning
"to drive back"
1. To put in writing; to draw up.
"I remember I saw the reporters' room, in which they redact their
--Ralph Waldo Emerson, "English Traits"
2. To make ready for for general publication; to edit or revise.
"You sent him something on the early supporter outreach
proposal -- just goals totally redacted, outreach plan redacted
-- just blank pages. What is it in here that is so secret that
you can't talk about goals of a project?"
--Reporter Andrea Mitchell to White House Deputy Press Secretary
Barry Toiv in a press conference on White House fundraising.
(January 30, 1997)
During the O.J. Simpson trial, the Los Angeles Times defined the word
redact for us in this way:
"Redact--It's not as bad as it sounds ... It's what Ito did to
transcripts he did not want us all to see. A swipe of the black
pen and he redacted the juicy stuff." (L.A. Times 10-1-95)
Publish Date: 01/20/2011