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Our company uses project management software called Jira. In Jira you can mark one issue so that it 'escalades' another, or 'is escaladed' by another. I think that is something like 'cause', but you can set 'cause' or 'is caused', so they are different.

And I find the meme 'that escalated quickly', and looks like it has a similar meaning to escalade.

Can anyone tell me what escalade means in 'one issue escalades another'? Can I use escalate instead?

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It looks as if escalade is being used in place of escalate. The only meaning the OED give for escalade is ‘To climb up and get over or enter (a wall, rampart, etc.) by means of ladders; to scale.’ Escalate, on the other hand, can be used figuratively to mean ‘To increase or develop by successive stages’.

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Are you saying that is an misuse? – fossilet Oct 17 '12 at 7:50
@fossilet: Misuse is a word I try to avoid. I can only say that this is the first time I've seen escalade in this context, and that I wouldn't use it that way myself. – Barrie England Oct 17 '12 at 7:59
@fossilet: I think it may be more of a typo. Looking at all the Jira documentation by Atlassian, it refers to 'escalating an issue' and 'to automatically escalate an issue' etc. – Hmobius Oct 17 '12 at 11:28
@Hmobius: Yes, that should be escalate after I search in the Jira documentation. – fossilet Oct 17 '12 at 13:21
I’m with you on escalade being for scaling ladders. We have a two-million–acre national monument in southern Utah called Grand Staircase–Escalante, which is ironically named. It features the staggeringly awesome geological feature named the Grand Staircase, and its other name, Escalante makes you think of climbing it. This is accidental: Escalante is named for a nearby hamlet, itself named for a Spanish explorer. But philologically it is something of a happy accident, as these things are sometimes called. – tchrist Oct 17 '12 at 13:42

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