Here, likewise, the sense is probably just that of “link”- that is, one thing connecting to another in some unspecified way-but the word seems wiser when it is -aged. “The organization will form linkages with community groups, child care and after-school programs,” said one program description.

By sounding technical, LINKAGE makes this promise seem concrete, till you think about it. What will the organization do with these other groups and programs? Conduct joint activities, share information, refer clients, or just put up their flyers on the bulletin board? No way to know. In contexts like this one, which are common, the word is little more than sound and fury, signifying…well, the point is clear.

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