From “Community colleges: Restoration drama”, Economist 4/28/12, p. 36, on Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel’s proposals for the city’s community colleges:
Under a plan produced for the mayor in December last year, each of the city’s community colleges is to be tailored for training in a specific sector of industry …
All this chimes perfectly with the objectives of the Obama administration …
Such a rethink is also in tune with a new report organised under the auspices of the American Association of Community Colleges.
The nouning rethink. Not new, but still interesting: why use it when rethinking is available?
Some background from OED3 March 2012:
Etymology: < rethink v. Compare earlier rethinking n.
An act of rethinking, esp. one that leads to change; a reappraisal, a reassessment; (occas.) a result of this.
1958 Times Lit. Suppl. 12 Sept. 511/2 Then came Mr. Khrushchev’s speech at the Twentieth Party Congress and close behind it the great Communist re-think.
1968 New Scientist 8 Aug. 293/1 The need for a widespread rethink on attitudes in science education, particularly at university level.
1976 Jrnl. Royal Soc. Arts May 285/1 It is more difficult to apply the principles to famous modern buildings which look like a total rethink.
2004 G. Woodward I’ll go to Bed at Noon v. 92 A complete editorial rethink had removed Biffo from the cover and replaced him with Dennis the Menace.
Rethink is an event noun. Rethinking can generally substitute for it, but only because rethinking has a wider range of reference:
The action of rethink v.; reconsideration; an instance of this, a rethink.
1579 S. Brinkley tr. G. Loarte Exercise Christian Life xxi. f. 119v, The oft thinking and rethinking of the life and passion of our Sauiour Iesus Christe.
Similarly, thinking and re-thinking in 1741; then …:
1827 in Chinese Repository 14 (1845) 169 On rethinking, he considers it quite improper to admit the question for a moment.
And the re-thinking of experience 1881; the duty of rethinking 1919; much rethinking on the subject of disarmament 1955; the shake-ups and rethinkings of the Fifties and Sixties 1977; the root-and-branch rethinking of everything 2004. The earlier cites are simply nominalizations of the verb rethink — mass nouns denoting actions, for which rethink can’t be substituted. Then we get to count uses (1977 and 2004), for which the event nouning rethink is possible.
That brings us to the Economist story, which uses rethink. Rethinking would have been possible, but rethink is more specific, as well as being a bit briefer (see here).