A. Maberry maberry at U.WASHINGTON.EDU
Thu Sep 27 16:22:11 UTC 2001

"Pre-owned" meaning "used" has been common in Seattle for years. However,
I can't recall the year I first heard it. Early 1990s maybe?

maberry at u.washington.edu

On Thu, 27 Sep 2001, sagehen wrote:

> 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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