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Q: "circunding" ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   4 Comments )
Subject: "circunding"
Category: Relationships and Society > Government
Asked by: apteryx-ga
List Price: $3.08
Posted: 09 Jul 2004 10:15 PDT
Expires: 08 Aug 2004 10:15 PDT
Question ID: 371875
Is there such a word, perhaps with other spelling?  The user of it, a
worker in a public agency, said it means "being funded by one agency
while having allegiance to another."

G***le found "circund" for me in some text that looked like
Portuguese, and so I thought it might be a jargony annexation from
another language, but it was not found in online Portuguese or Spanish
dictionaries that I checked.

I am looking for correct spelling, confirmed definition, and at least
a sketchy derivation.

Thank you,
Subject: Re: "circunding"
Answered By: pafalafa-ga on 09 Jul 2004 12:31 PDT
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
As someone who has worked in government and has been exactly in the
situation you describe, I can assure you the correct term is
"seconded" or "seconding" or "secondment", pronounced more or less as
indicated by your creative spelling:  sec-UND-ing.

A link will help, I'm sure:

Let me know if you need anything else on this.


Clarification of Answer by pafalafa-ga on 09 Jul 2004 12:35 PDT

Sorry...I didn't mean to snatch your $3.08 fee.  For some reason, the
comment answering the question (and your reply) didn't show up until
after I had posted my answer.  However, I've never seen the term with
the spelling "secund".


Request for Answer Clarification by apteryx-ga on 09 Jul 2004 12:42 PDT

Thanks.  Voila pretty much had it, but you provided the positive assurance.

Not my creative spelling.  I am known as something of a grammar and
spelling expert, so I was asked if I'd ever heard of this word
(spelling supplied by the asker), and I hadn't.  Couldn't find it in
my resources or guess at the correct term, although I suspected that
wasn't it.  So I came here for the full pantheon of experts in GA and
wasn't disappointed!  Your knowledge of the context supplied what I
couldn't, having no experience (thank goodness) in government service.


Clarification of Answer by pafalafa-ga on 09 Jul 2004 12:53 PDT
Thanks...but really, government service isn't all that bad!!!!

apteryx-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars
Looks like a bull's-eye to me.
Thank you,

Subject: Re: "circunding"
From: corwin02-ga on 09 Jul 2004 10:25 PDT
IMHO it sounds like a contraction of 'circumvented funding' and is
probably a made up word
Subject: Re: "circunding"
From: apteryx-ga on 09 Jul 2004 10:33 PDT
Thanks, Corwin02.  Is "circumvented funding" a known and used
expression in the context of public agencies?  If so, can you
elaborate on what it means?  This is not my realm at all, so I have no
pertinent background.

Subject: Re: "circunding"
From: voila-ga on 09 Jul 2004 11:28 PDT
Your description sounded more like a 'second' or sharing situation, so
I'm wondering about a Latin derivation of 'secundus.'  I found these
two references for you.

"An agency or church lending individuals for MentorLink work may do
so, but still manages those individuals through their chosen agency. A
secunding agreement with another agency may be pursued."

"Although DHL and DHLI generally operated separately, certain physical
facilities were operated for their joint benefit, and, occasionally,
the companies used networkwide compensation incentive plans for their
executives. At executive levels, there was commonality and
''secunding'' (sharing) of employees by and between DHL and DHLI. At
the shareholder levels, there was common control of DHL and DHLI."

Just a guess....
* V *
Subject: Re: "circunding"
From: apteryx-ga on 09 Jul 2004 12:10 PDT
Hey, Voila, that sounds pretty believable to me!  Thanks for the
insightful guess.  Checking back now with the friend who asked...


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