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October 30, 2021
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The way I see people using 'advocate for' is as shorthand for 'act as advocate for'. I can't find any single English word that does quite this job. 'Propose', 'commend', argue' – none of these has the exact meaning these users want to convey. This might (or, in this particular case, may . . .) explain why it has spread so quickly. So we may (or, of course, might . . .) be stuck with it.
The way I see people using 'advocate for' is as shorthand for 'act as an advocate for'. I can't find any single English word which will quite do this job. 'Propose', 'commend', 'prescribe' – none of these is an exact substitute for the meaning these users want to suggest by 'advocate for'. This may explain its fast spread, and I think we may find we're stuck with it.
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