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September 29, 2008

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Huh! That's enlightening. I had only been aware of the more recent meaning--to qualify someone by checking their background.

I do volunteer work for a local Golden Retriever rescue group, and it always makes me wince when someone says that a "dog has been vetted." Even though they mean that the dog has seen a veterinarian, I always picture young men in dark suits questioning the dog's neighbors.

It's funny. I rather think they are using the term incorrectly, but they're instinctively alluding back to its archaic meaning--and therefore correct after all.

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