“There was no agreement between theory and measure” An agreement is an understanding, a compromise to get the two sides to find common ground. For things to be consistent, they are harmonious or not contradict each other. Have agreement and approval always meant exactly the same thing? Because there is no feeling and carelessness, is there? Is it possible that history is littered with agreements that were not agreements? To be safe, I will continue to use the “agreement.” “Agreement between experimental observations and theory” “If we agree, we should sign the agreement.” I confess that I am a little anal-retentive in terms of grammar. I often doubly minding words or punctuation that I doubt. I never questioned the word “agreement” or I had no reason to question it until my iPhone insisted it wasn`t a word. As tenacious as it sounds, my first thought was “What? You`re late… Then I searched on Google. Interesting – I never heard the word consent, but I too would wonder if it still meant the same thing as the agreement (not that most users are aware of possible differences or would take care of it). We almost ended up with “okay,” and then some damn Redneck had to mix “agreement” and “acceptance” and we`re back where we started. His rise is, I suppose, a symptom of declining literacy. The Americans are nothing but ingenious. People know the verb to consent, and they know how to make abstract nouns with the use of -ance, and therefore people, especially in the spoken media, turn to consent as a substitute, in the absence of the standard appointment agreement.
I first heard it at my favorite Omaha sports station, 1620 The Zone/KOZN (discussion of the sad state of Nebraska football). One of the hosts often uses this word. It prefers neologisms, so its use is not a surprise, but then I began to notice its use elsewhere. It makes me think its use is going to spread. 1559 at Strype`s Ann. I. i. App. xvi, “The diversity of our fasting is all the greater because our faith is good. Approval status Harmony of opinion, statement, action or character; Consent Concord; Compliance how, there is a good agreement between the members of the Council. The agreement is the act of the agreement.
This is an archaism rarely applied correctly today. Agreement (n) of the 1530s, coming from the approval of the Middle Franconia, the action of approval (see consen The use of the agreement for an agreement is probably the linguistic equivalent of the use of a half-moon key instead of a combination key or a basic key. You can do it, but it still leaves a little bit of damage. If you want to use consent, end, whatever, but at least note that the old robust contract is in the toolbox. One of the strange abstract names that has appeared lately is the word consent, because it says, “I agree with this position.” A Nounon is a person, a place or a thing. An abstract nominus is a concept. You can`t see, touch, smell, taste or hear a chord like that, see a truck, hear a noise, taste a sandwich or smell smoke. English has many ways of making abstract names.
The extension – ance is one of them with – ion and – ment. To anticipate an objection, yes, I am aware that consent is an old English word that dates back to at least the 16th century.