sagehen sagehen at WESTELCOM.COM
Thu Sep 27 16:09:37 UTC 2001

There's a bit of radio spam  I've been hearing lately, on NPR, in
connection with some car :  "pre-owned."  On the model of pre-war,
prehistoric, preview, this ought to mean not yet taken possession of,  but
I think is actually intended as a euphemism for "used." Sloppiness or
intentional ambiguity?
A. Murie

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