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David colosi - tender

 

1995

PROCESS: I wrote a short short story using only the word Tender (with the exception of limited syntactic words).  Each time Tender is used it is footnoted to the particular dictionary usage it refers to (from the American Heritage Dictionary).  An appendix of the dictionary definition of Tender and its various uses is included for cross referencing.  The reader must actively rebuild the story through an understanding of the subtleties of usage.

 

David Colosi - Tender
David Colosi - Tender
David Colosi - Tender

 

A tender1 and tender2 tender3 and tenderer4 tenderly5 tendering6 tenderness7 tendered8 a tender9 tender10 with a tender11 tender12 for (his) tender13, tender14 and tender15 tenders16 who were tendering17 tender18, tender19 and tender20 tender21, on a tender22 and tender23 tender24.

1 tender1 6.b. adj.

2 tender1 6.a. adj.

3 tender3 2 n.

4 tender2 n. (referring to tender2 1.b. n.)

5 tender1 adv. (tender1 6.c. adj.)

6 tender1 trans. v. 2 (referring to tender1 7.a. adj.)

7 tender1 n. (referring to tender1 6.b. adj.)

8 tender2 trans. verb. (referring to tender2 1.b. n.)

9 tender1 7.b. adj.

10 tender2 1.b. n.

11 tender1 7.a. adj.

12 tender2 1.a. n.

13 tender1 5.a. adj.

14 tender1 2. adj.

15 tender1 5.b. adj.

16 tender3 1. n.

17 tender1 trans. verb 1. (referring to tender1 1.b. adj.)

18 tender1 1.a. adj.

19 tender1 4. adj.

20 tender1 1.c. adj.

21 tender2 2. n.

22 tender1 3. adj.

23 tender1 8. adj.

24 tender3 3. n.

tender1  (ten’der) adj.  -er, -est.
1. a.
Easily crushed or bruised; fragile: a tender petal.   
b
. Easily chewed or cut: tender beef.
c
. Having a delicate quality: a tender song.
2
. Young and vulnerable: of tender age.
3
. Frail; delicate.
4
. Sensitive to frost or severe cold; not hardy: tender green shoots.
5
.a. Easily hurt; sensitive: tender skin.
b
. Painful; sore: a tender tooth.
6
. a. gentle and solicitious:  a tender mother.
b
. Expressing gentle emotions; loving: a tender glance.
c
. Given to sympathy or sentimentality; soft: a tender heart.
7
. a. Considerate and protective: tender of her reputation.
b
. Scrupulous; chary: tender of making false promises.
8
. Apt to lean under sail; crank.
-tr.v. -dered, -dering, -ders.
1
. To make tender.
2
. Archaic. To treat with tender regard. [ME < OFr. tendre < Lat. tener.]
-ten’der.ly
adv.
-ten’der.ness
n.

tender2
  (ten’der) n.
1
. A formal offer, as:
        a. Law. An offer of money or service in payment of an obligation.
b
. A written offer to contract goods or services at a specified cost or rate; a bid.
2
. Something tendered, esp. money: legal tender.
-tr.v
. -dered, -der-ing, -ders. To offer formally: tender a letter of resignation. [< OFr. tendre, to offer<Lat. tendere, to hold forth.]
- ten’der.er
n.

tender3
  (ten’der) n.
1
. One who tends something: a lathe tender.
2
. A vessel attendant on another vessel or vessels, esp. one that ferries supplies between ship and shore.
3
. A railroad car attached to the rear of a locomotive and designed to carry fuel and water.

A Tender Bibliography
1. The American Heritage Dictionary Second College Edition, Houghton Mifflin Company, Boston, 1982,85.

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