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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