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commit verb

A commit verb is a control verb that is not a command verb but which signals some contract terms have been agreed or disagreed by multiple parties. Most people know these from dealings in the market:

market verbs



debate verbs


Some related commit verbs which apply in politics as usual and which signal serious political disagreement are (with examples from actual GPC Council debates:
  • to lie, e.g. "calling the Chief Agent a liar", "lying" about the Incorporation Committee" - see Green Rules of Order
  • to reprimand: "reprimanding a staff member" - see reprimand staff and the GPC Governance debates - to say flatly that someone isn't doing their job has serious implications.
  • to flame: "flaming Council Chair" - that is, to reprimand in relatively strong colourful terms
  • to denigrate:"denigrating the position of Francophone Secretary", that is, to say that someone is working beyond their skills or mandate
  • to derogate: that is, to imply that something is a person not process issue, that the ultimately issue is one of competence and capacity or ability to carry out a task
  • to resign: to quit a post, possibly due to accepting derogation.
  • to troll: to advocate tirelessly for extremely strict protocols and standards, without limit, see also to filibuster.

campaign verbs


The very highest commitments are of course found in the electoral process:

It is the ability to carry out the campaign verbs that makes the GPC differ from a typical NGO. There are many implications to this difference: GPC Governance may not for instance be able to be conducted the same as any non-campaigning nonprofit org.