Original Question:

I'm working on a personal 'Purpose Statement'. I would like to make it flow and be succinct. The statement is

Purpose: To make software more meaningful by providing and utilizing my framework for embedding meaning in code.

I would like to use just one word instead of 'providing and utilizing'. In the business world it seems that these concepts could be merged, but if so I can't think of an appropriate word.


Proffering is a little bit of an answer to this question: An offer made; something proposed for acceptance by another; a tender (law) Something that is offered into evidence; an offer to which one is willing to testify under oath. Essay; attempt. https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/proffer#English'

Proferring is even better but it's obscure and doesn't pass my browser's spell check test. 1. To utter; to pronounce. 2. To deliver. https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/profer#English

Both words are pretty obscure for business.

Another word that comes close is engage: https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/engage 1. To interact socially. - To engross or hold the attention of; to keep busy or occupied. - To attract, to please; (archaic) to fascinate or win over (someone). 3. To interact contractually. - (intransitive) To guarantee or promise (to do something).

Engage word sounds good in business and may be as close as I can get. So

Best So Far:

Purpose: To make software more meaningful by engaging with others in my framework for embedding meaning in code

Purpose: To make software more meaningful by sharing my framework for embedding meaning in code.

  • Once you have provided it, do you still have control over it to 'utilize' it ? If not, then once you have provided it, the customer utilizes it.
    – Nigel J
    Commented Mar 15, 2018 at 13:26
  • The framework is open source, so people can use it for what they want. I want to use it too, to write programs for people as an employee or consultant. I would also like to see the framework widely used. Perhaps having this dual desire is what's making this purpose statement difficult.
    – jonrgrover
    Commented Mar 15, 2018 at 13:45
  • If the framework is open source, then you cannot say 'providing my framework' I would have thought.
    – Nigel J
    Commented Mar 15, 2018 at 13:49
  • Perhaps 'utilizing and promoting' works better than 'providing and utilizing'
    – jonrgrover
    Commented Mar 15, 2018 at 13:53
  • How does "utilizing" your own framework make software "more meaningful"? I suspect the answer would be different from how "providing" your framework makes software "more meaningful".
    – Lawrence
    Commented Mar 15, 2018 at 14:34

2 Answers 2


I think the humble word share might suit your purposes. Its more basic definitions seem applicable (M-W):

transitive verb

  1. a. : to partake of, use, experience, occupy, or enjoy with others
  2. : to grant or give a share in —often used with withshared the last of her water with us

  3. : to tell (thoughts, feelings, experiences, etc.) to others —often used with with

If I "share my lunch" with someone, I'm both providing the lunch to the other person and partaking in it myself. In this case, you are giving a share of your framework to others via the open source licensing, and also partaking of it with them when you use it to write programs for them. And I think the "tell about" and more recent, social-media senses of "sharing" also help convey the sense of "promoting" the thing being shared. So:

Purpose: To make software more meaningful by sharing my framework for embedding meaning in code.

  • This is the best one so far. And it is so simple! Sometimes it's the hardest thing to do to think of something simple.
    – jonrgrover
    Commented Mar 15, 2018 at 19:54

I don't think this is the greatest word for your overall purpose, but the closest thing I could think of was "dogfooding." Basically, it's the practice of a company using its own product.

Wikipedia Entry for Dogfooding

That being said, I get the impression that you're thinking more along the lines of "promoting" your framework.

  • I love the idea of 'dogfooding' and yet I need a word that will make sense for those who are not steeped in geek culture (like me). My desire is to both use and promote the framework for other people to use. So promote does not quite cover it. Perhaps I have not yet developed enough to see that what I'm really doing is promoting it. I may want to use a word that means something like 'exampling' - me building examples with the framework in order to promote it to other to use.
    – jonrgrover
    Commented Mar 15, 2018 at 13:43

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